Most residential burglaries occur when homes are unoccupied. But a 70-year-old Bannockburn woman was hospitalized after an encounter with an intruder who was surprised to find her at home when he broke in, Bannockburn police reported yesterday.
Police chief Kevin Tracz doesn't think it was a targeted attack.
"I feel the burglar did not realize anyone was in the house," Tracz said. "I think he was surprised she was there and didn't really quite know how to deal with her, so he tied her up, gagged her, roughed her up and ransacked the place."
The March 9 incident is only the latest in a string of break-ins and burglaries on the North Shore, which have mostly taken place during daylight hours, when residents are usually away at work.
Police have only an incomplete description of the suspect, and like most residential burglaries, this crime will likely go unsolved. The victim is expected to recover physically from her ordeal, but the emotional trauma will undoubtedly linger on.
When it comes to sizing up a potential target, within one to three minutes, a would-be burglar can identify the most opportune points of entry to any home and make a snap decision on whether or not to enter. Deterring and detecting an intruder before he enters is the most effective strategy for protecting your family and property.
A trained security professional can best advise you as to your home's security risks and steps you can take to protect yourself. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But when it comes to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe, preventing a close encounter with a dangerous criminal is priceless.
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