At home alone in his three-story house, Bellevue, Washington resident Patrick Rosario was doing some home improvement work in his basement when he heard a knock at his front door followed by a very loud noise. He wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but a home-invasion burglary wasn’t his first thought.
When he peered under the one-inch gap between the basement door and the landing, expecting to see familiar feet or footwear, he saw someone he didn’t know walking around. He immediately took inventory of his surroundings and his family. His wife was at work; his two-year-old son was at daycare, so he knew these feet belonged to an unwanted intruder.
Rosario’s natural, and correct, instinct led him to dial 911 while continuing to mentally assess the situation. He made his way out of his house, through a backdoor, and noticed a passenger van parked in front of his house with the motor running. Against the advice of the 911 dispatcher, he hopped into the burglars’ getaway van and drove away.
Luckily, Rosario’s wife and son didn’t come home during the invasion. Walking into your house during a burglary can be one of the most disorienting and frightening experiences. If you notice a problem before you enter the home, don’t go inside and immediately call the police. However, if you do go inside and discover there’s someone unknown in there, your best option is to run out of your house and get yourself to a safe place before calling 911. Most burglars are looking for one or two things they can easily steal and flee undetected within minutes.
With any luck at all, the burglar, who also finds himself in an unexpected situation, will flee. Let him, even if he’s taking something that belongs to you. None of your possessions are worth injury or risking your life.
When police arrived at Rosario’s home, the burglars had left and the items they were planning to steal were stacked by the door. While you probably shouldn’t take action as extreme as Rosario, it did make a good story. What would you do in this situation?
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