Home invasions spur more calls to 911, security companies

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Another home invasion brings the total to nine in the metro area in just the last few weeks. The latest victim is a woman in her 60s living near the University of Indianapolis on the south side. At least two men tried to tie her up inside her house, and then they stole from her.

But the ordeal started with a knock at the door.

Police have emphasized over the last couple of weeks to keep an eye on your neighborhoods and if you see anything out of the ordinary - anything you are concerned about - to call 911.

And people are doing that, according to 911 dispatchers in the Marion County Emergency Communications Agency building.

Along with an increase in 911 calls, home security companies are also seeing an increase in customer calls about alarm systems.

Studies show that even the appearance of an alarm in your home, as simple as just a sign outside, can deter burglars.  Alarms can alert police even if you can't, and do so with technology that allows you to keep tabs on your home from your cell phone or work computer.

More people are also opting for more elaborate home security systems. 

Police say these are a good way to protect your home and family, and offer a first line of defense.

Mike Tuttle of Guard House Security Systems explained a typical home break-in. "Most of the break-ins we see occur during the day, where people might come up to your front door and knock to see if anyone's home.  If no one answers," Tuttle said, "they kick in the door.  That's why yard signs are good deterrent."

Alarm systems can range from very simple to high tech where you can monitor your home from your cell phone or computer. You'll pay about $100 dollars for installation, then $30 a month on the low end of the pricing scale.

The biggest mistake people make, say those in the business, is having an alarm system that's not activated.

Tuttle said with today's technology, forgetting to turn on your alarm is almost foolproof.  "If you pull away from your house and forget to arm, pull out your phone and push a button and arm it," he said.

While WTHR is not endorsing any particular kind of alarm system, police we spoke with said that some type of panic alarm system - something that can get police there quickly - is a good investment in security.

And when you notice something out of the ordinary in your neighborhood and call 911, dispatchers will want to know from you what they call "the six W's": Who, what , when , where , why and weapons.