How to Stay Safe Before a Break-In

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WSHV)-- Here's what Harrisonburg Police have seen, over the holiday season
which typically sees more break-ins.

One Valley neighbor who had her home broken hopes a new community watch program will have a positive impact.

"Just the thought of somebody being in the house while I was there is really terrifying," said Robin Jeffris, who had her home broken into.

Although she was lucky not to be harmed, or have anything stolen, Jeffris says she will never forget that frightening feeling.

"I called my son, and I asked him to please come home because somebody was in the house," said Jeffris.

Because of the incident, the neighborhood decided to take action. They started a neighborhood watch program as a way to support one another in the community.

Robert Alley is the co-chair of the program. He says this program brings the community together.

"It's a way for the community to be responsible for itself. We aren't just looking to law enforcement, but also being aware that we live in a community where we recognize the value of that for each other," said Alley.

This program will not only allow them to reach police quicker, but also to keep the community in the loop.

"Now there are about 250 homes in this community, all divided up into sections, with about 25 co-captains. All with the goal of making this place a safer place to live," said Alley.

Jeffris says having this program in place helps her feel safer, knowing the community is behind her.

Some good tips are: it is important to always keep the lights on around your home, keep your doors locked, and don't be afraid to call the police.

She says its better to be safe than sorry. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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