At 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, I heard someone trying to break into my house. My car was visibly parked in the driveway and we have alarm-company signs visible around the house.
I called 911 and went to the door. When I asked the man who he was, he knocked ever so lightly and said nothing. He was Caucasian, 25-40 years old, with a black and red hat, about 5’11”, with either a large mole or tattoo on his cheek.
I am a single, 60-year-old female.
The police showed up after 10 minutes. I asked them to search my house and yard; they did not. Instead, I went inside to look, while they stood outside my house. I did not get a case file, and they stated that it may have been someone drunk at the wrong house. I have a fenced yard, which requires entering gates to get in.
They did not check the backyard or search for evidence. I found a nail clipper with the file open sitting beside my car, which was not there the evening before.
My daughter came to check on the house in the afternoon, and found two large hand prints on one of my back windows. The hand prints are angled in a direction which signifies someone trying to push the window open. She called the police, to report the prints, as given the nature of the crime – a possible home invasion – it would be important. When she stressed the importance of it, the police told her to tell me that I can call 911 at anytime. However, while I am tied up, I will not be able to call 911.
A home invasion can serve the purpose of robbery or rape; I can only hope it was the first. I just wish to warn everyone of the potential of crime committed even when home.
I luckily lock my doors, even when home, but now will be turning the alarm on as well.
Naomi Ohlsson, White Rock