Home Invasion

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

Staunton police are searching for several men who invaded a city home Tuesday night.

Just before 11 p.m., authorities were called to 2402 West Beverly Street.

Police say one resident told them that as she opened the back door to let someone in, six men appeared pointing their guns.

She told police the men forced their way into the home, a scuffle occurred, and a shot was fired.

"We were able to determine through investigation today that there were no shots fired whatsoever," Sgt. Hartless said Wednesday. "And we're continuing the investigation into the identity of the individuals that were involved."

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Home Invasion Protection Tips

  • Make sure that both your front and back door are made of solid wood or metal. Install one-way peepholes at eye level.

  • Reinforce all doorframes so that your doors can't be kicked in. Your local locksmith can offer advice.

  • Keep your doors locked and windows secured, even when you're at home.

  • Cover windows and glass doors with security film or install Plexiglass on the inside. Both materials are very durable and can withstand several blows before collapsing.

  • Prune or remove trees and shrubs that hide your windows and doors from view or give criminals places to hide.

  • Criminals like working in the dark; so leave lights on, both at the front and back of your home. This will only cost you about $0.75 a month.

  • Make sure your outside lights are out of reach. Protect bulbs so they cannot be broken or removed.

  • Install motion sensors and keep them activated.

  • If you live alone, try not to let anyone know. Make your home appear as though many people live in it. Put out toys and work boots in the yard.

  • Change your routine. Don't be predictable.

  • Keep a cordless phone handy when at home in case you need help or spot something suspicious.

  • Get a dog. Or keep a dog dish outside your door and place a Beware of Dog sign in the yard.

  • Consider getting an alarm system. Make sure it works properly, and teach everyone in your home how to set it and cancel it properly. Talk to friends who have alarm systems.

    Source: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/publications/home_invasion/ contributed to this report.

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