Created: 05/07/2014 10:59 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Dozens of people who live near Juan Tabo and Constitution were not allowed into their homes Wednesday morning. Police were searching for a man they say broke into one of the homes in the neighborhood.
While they waited, many homeowners started thinking.
“I'm just hoping he's not in my home,” Julie Torres said, remembering her windows and backdoor were left open.
Strail Keyohara also left his windows open.
Police ended up searching several homes in the neighborhood, including his.
When Keyohara was asked about leaving his windows open in the future he replied, “I think I’ll change my mind now.”
Commander Harold Medina with APD’s Property & Economic Crimes Division says these residents are not alone.
He says on any given day when the weather warms up home break-ins can increase by as much as 10 percent.
Medina tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 that's because homeowners make it easy by leaving home with their windows open.
“Burglars are good at the job they do,” Medina said, “They really know where to look and they'll jump into backyards just to see if there is an open window.”
A few hours later, Torres and her neighbors were finally let back into their homes. Police say the suspect was never found.
“You never know what is going to happen,” Torres said, “I never thought this would happen.”
Police say a good tactic to use is to measure a block of wood and wedge it behind the window so you can crack the window open just enough to let the air in.