There have now been two home invasion cases in Tredyffrin Township in the past month.
Suspects are now in prison in the first, but the home invaders in the second case are still on the loose.
Should the average local resident be worried for their own safety?
Home invasion robberies are extremely unusual in Tredyffrin and Easttown. Tredyffrin Police say the two cases that have happened in the past few weeks, a home invasion in the middle of the night in Paoli and Thursday's home invasion robbery in Berwyn were targeted at specific victims.
While that comes as no comfort to the victims in the cases, it also does not indicate that there is any kind of emerging crime trend in TE.
the four armed and masked robbers set out to rob the jewelry store owned by the victim.
What if the worst does happen?
Bereda says victims of a violent crime like a home invasion need to make judgements on how to react based on the situation they may find themselves in.
In a case of overwhelming, and potentially lethal, force like the jeweler and his wife faced, victims may not have an option but to cooperate. The home invaders demanded the jeweler take him to his store. Their motive was clearly robbery.
In the case of other kinds of attack, especially a sexual attack, Bereda says the general rule of thumb is to fight back to avoid being taken to a second location.
Bereda says no two situations are alike and victims need to use their own best judgement in a worst-case scenario.
How can you protect yourself?
Tredyffrin Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Todd Bereda says common sense and paying attention to basic personal security can help keep you from becoming a crime victim.
The two home invasion cases may not be a cause for alarm for most people, but they do serve as a reminder for more general personal safety precautions.
Bereda points out that keeping doors locked when you are inside your house is a practical step you can take, as well as being aware of surroundings and anything out of the ordinary.
- If you see something, say something. If you notice people or vehicles that appear out of place or acting strangely in your neighborhood, let the police know.
- Lock your car, take your keys. While home invasions may not be an increasing crime trend in general in TE, car break-ins are. As reported Thursday on TE Patch, there has been an uptick in the number of thefts-from-vehicle cases in both Tredyffrin and Easttown. Police in both townships say theives in the vast majority of those cases are looking for easy targets. That means unlocked car doors. Easttown Police Lt. Scott Albee says one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep from becoming a victim is to "lock your car, takes your keys and remove valuables from your car, even when you're parked in your own driveway.
- The same advice goes for your house. When you're not home, don't leave doors and windows open or unlocked.
- Making yourself, your home and your car and difficult target for a thief can go a long way to reducing your chances of becoming a victim.It may sound like obvious advice but theives (not home invaders) are generally looking for easy targets and fast pay-offs with the least amount of time and trouble involved.