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Home Alone: Protecting yourself, your family and your home from a burglary

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 18:12:36-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Imagine this – you leave your home to go to work and when you return hours later, your windows are broken and your possessions have been stolen. Now you are left with questions, why did they choose my home? What do I do now? Am I still safe?

Unfortunately for many in Hampton Roads, this situation has become a reality.

According to the CrimeView Community on the Norfolk Police department website, there have been nearly 300 burglaries so far this year.

“You hear the word violated every time that you go and see somebody who has been broken into,” said Aaron Stacy, Security Consultant with Johns Brother Security.

All it takes is an instant for everything you love to end up in the hands of a criminal.

Typically the vulnerable spots in your home aren’t pointed out until after a criminal breaks in, taking more than just your belongings, but your sense of security as well.

“There’s nothing more disheartening than getting a phone call that someone’s home just got broken into,” said Stacy. “While we are able to assist that person and provide peace of mind it’s still disheartening and that person is still violated.”

While it is easy to lock your doors and windows, Stacy said some criminals are brave enough to break glass into order to get into your home. Once inside, most have the same plan of action.

On Monday on NewsChannel 3 at 11, we take you inside the mind of a criminal so you can better protect yourself, your family and your home.