When thieves come knocking: Police warn of break-in attempts in Johnson County

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - After someone attempted to break into a home during the day, police in Johnson County gave advice on how not to become a victim.

Nancy Clark has lived in her home for 31 years. She said she was at home Tuesday about 11 a.m. when someone tried to intrude.

The would-be intruder couldn't see her, but she could see him. Her dog Sadie could see him, too, and was barking. When Clark didn't answer, the would-be intruder went around to the back and knocked there, before coming back to the front door, RTV6's Derrik Thomas reported. 

"I heard a big thud and my front door bowed into the hallway," Clark said.

The person didn't get in, and Clark barricaded herself in her bedroom and called 911. She stayed on the line with dispatchers until police arrived. By that time, the person had left her property.

Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox gave sage advice to prevent break-ins.

"In some way, shape or form, let the person on the other side of the door know that you are at home. We're not telling homeowners to open the door, but we're telling them to let the person on the other side of the door know that they will call police or other law enforcement officers," Cox said.

The attempted burglary put Clark's neighbors on alert.

"We obviously have door locks and alarms, and we're going to be careful with them in the future," neighbor Rob Harrison said.

Cox said his department didn't have any leads on who tried to get into Clark's home. Homeowners were advised to call police immediately if they see any suspicious activity.


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