Thursday, May 13, 2010

Secure Your Homes

It is important to keep your homes secure. Recently the home of Mike and Becky Friesenhahn was broken into by an intruder who then returned just days after being arrested and let out on bail. Here's the story:

Mike and the children came home on Thursday, April 29, in the afternoon only to discover a naked man sitting in their den room drinking beer and playing with their Wii. The man had gotten into the home after a swim in the pool. He claimed that the house was his. The police were called and he was arrested. The following Monday May 22, Michael discovered him early in the morning outside the home trying to find an unlocked door. The police came and arrested him. This time the police found the man in possession of marijuana. He had driven to the house and parked his car (with no tags) in the driveway.

In spite of being on a program (VINE - Victim Information and Notification Everyday) that was supposed to have notified them of the man's release from jail, the Friesenhahns were surprised that he had not only been bailed out for a second time but that he lives down the street from them in the 2500 block of Altura.

Authorities have identified the man as Eduardo Omana. He drives a dark maroon Chevy Impala. He is 6' 1", 250 pounds, short dark brown hair and light complexion. He is 26 years-old.

This incident reminds us that it is always a good idea to keep homes and yards secure. Padlocks on all gates and garage doors are good. The police can conduct a home security survey and offer ideas about better securing your home. These surveys can also qualify you for a home insurance premium reduction.

In addition, if you become aware of suspicious activity around your home, you can request a Code Watch and the police will do extra perimeter checks of your home.

Be aware of your surroundings at all times! Be aware of your own home and the home of your neighbors. If you see something suspicious, call 911.

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