Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton says the assumption that most burglars strike at night is actually false. He says home break-ins happen mostly during the day while people are at work.
He says the thief will usually case your home and if they believe it's empty, then they'll strike. A recent incident in Tumalo on Monday is typical of what authoriities tend to see.
" THEY'LL GO TO THE FRONT DOOR- THEY'LL KNOCK AT THE DOOR- IF NO ONE ANSWERS THEY'LL GO TO THE BACK DOOR AND KICK IN THE DOOR - OR FIND THEIR WAY IN THE HOUSE- AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT SITUATION - AND PROBABLY OTHERS- BUT BE CAUTIOUS AND CAREFUL OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS- IF YOU ARE HOME ALONE THE PERSON DOESN'T NEED TO KNOW THAT."
Blanton explains that you need to act like someone else is home with you. Make reference to another person in the home in casual conversation. He says the person may have a fake story such as a lost dog or does "Dave" still live here?
On Monday, authorities arrested a 32 year old Tumalo man. Riley Billings is also a suspect in a burglary in Deschutes River Woods last week. Authorities say Billings knocked on the door in Tumalo and when no one answered he went into what he assumed was an empty home.
But a man was inside and so Billings then feld.
You can listen to the entire interview with Sheriff Blanton on this website under "Your Town" podcast for Wednesday, October 24th.