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How would you react during a home invasion?

Posted: Jun 08, 2018 3:45 PM Updated:

Recent reports of home invasions and burglaries are alarming, with each case happening in different spots throughout the island. But, how would you react if you found an intruder while inside your home?

Authorities say the Summer months is a time when homes, especially those left unsecured, become a target. 81 year old Rosita Lizama Taitano Birdwell recalls the moment she found out her home was broken into while she was off island. She said, "Lock your doors, but it doesn't matter because they will break in and they even tore the screen of my screen window," she said. "It's just a shame because years ago we never used to lock doors we go to somebody's front door through the back door and it is a shame."

Her word of caution to others comes after multiple home invasions and burglaries reported just this week. In Yigo, the victim's estranged boyfriend showed up threatening the family when he broke in using a pickaxe. 29 year old Steven Cruz was taken into custody.

In another incident, the suspect, Skeim Ray, allegedly broke into a home in Toto while the family was still inside and even tried to fight the victim with a machete.

In Agat, a couple woke up to strangers walking around inside their home, reportedly stealing purses, a smart phone, and at least $400 cash.

Police later arresting Sancho Relax and a minor during their investigation. "We know we see everywhere that there are a lot of break ins," explained Paul Suba, former GPD chief of police, now at G4S Security. He says having a plan is key if you spot an intruder because your life and the lives of your loved ones is the most valuable thing in your home.

"You don't want to first react and use a weapon and start shooting or hitting," he added. "The best thing is to have an escape plan where would you go to a second or third location in your home until help arrives."

Authorities say it's important to find out what spots around your house is most vulnerable... Suba also recommends setting up an alarm system, cameras, or even lighting outside to prevent anyone from breaking and entering. Suba said, "We have options but it's going to take time for us to think, it's not about being paranoid but being prepared to look at and plan your strategy."

Ultimately the goal to keep you, your belongings, and your family safe if ever the unexpected occurs.

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