Police offer tips on what you should do during and after a burglaryFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Police say there was a spike in burglaries in the area this weekend with homes, businesses and cabins. What happens if you're home when a burglar strikes? WDAY 6 Reporter Christina Vaughn talked with police and has some tips on what you should do during and after a burglar strikes.
Police say in our area, coming face to face with burglars is rare. Their target is usually an empty home, but if a burglar enters your home, police say never confront him. Get to a safe place and call 911.
“You don't want to put yourself in that situation. We're trained to go in there and apprehend the person.”
Fargo Police Sergeant Mark Lykken says there's a good chance that the burglar is armed, and may use a weapon against you. What's more, burglary is a felony and Lykken says if confronted, a burglar may get desperate.
“The suspect probably knows that if they get caught, they're going away for quite a while. You may escalate the crime yourself.”
Once the burglar has left the home, police say returning to normal life takes time. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says people have too high of expectations, when it comes to getting a crime solved. He says the problem is too many people watch TV crime shows.
“I've actually had people call me and said; well these shows solve it within the hour. They do the DNA, they do the fingerprinting, in real life it is not like that. DNA testing for us could take months.”
Bergquist and Lykken say to protect yourself from a burglary, take good inventory of all of your property because law enforcement officers have strong relationship with pawn shops.
“Please write down the serial numbers because when we do locate it, it's one way you're going to get it back.”
Bergquist says some people who are burglarized don't cope well. He recommends victims talk to a psychiatrist to try and get over the trauma.