A number of thefts — both armed and unarmed — were reported across the multiple patch platforms in the past seven days.
One occurred on the evening of Aug. 6 in Brookfield, where the assailant allegedly broke and entered into a 62-year old woman's home and held her up at gunpoint. After tying her to the back of a chair, the robber stole numerous items, including the victim's car keys.
According to the Brookfield Patch report, the thief — who was identified as a New Berlin teenager — entered the young woman's home using the same method as that employed in the Brookfield incident, through an open door.
Another recent incident, as first reported on the Wauwatosa Patch, involved a young woman losing her purse, car and other valuable belongings in a residential robbery.
The thieves entered the young woman's home in the same vein, walking through an open patio door.
In that same story, another young Tosa resident reported a stolen XBox 360 game console and a controller.
The robber successfully identified the location of the family's spare key outside the home, and carefully locked the door after exiting.
Wauwatosa Patch's editor Jim Price speaks well at the end of his story, giving the reader a hypothetical situation detailing potential advice the police could — or should — have given the victim.
In echoing Mr. Price's sentiment, it's important to remember to remain on alert, even within the confines of one's own home.
It's understandable that people want to leave their doors open during the day when it's nice outside; however, when day turns to night, please remember to close and lock your doors.
Your valuables, and more importantly your own safety, may depend on it. Based on the above information, it's apparent that thieves know what to look for as access to your belongings and domicile. Don't make it easy on them by leaving doors open and hiding keys where crooks may find them.
For more information about ways to protect yourself, your family and your home, please visit our website at sentinel-alarm.com.