If someone comes knocking on your door, Tempe police told CBS 5 News you might not want to ignore it.
Officers have seen an uptick in burglaries in which the suspect first knocks on the front door to see if anyone is home. If no one answers, and it looks like no one is home, police said the crook will go to the back of the house and figure out a way to break in.
On Jan. 29, police said a woman called 911 as a man broke into her house in the middle of the afternoon.
In a shaky voice, the woman told dispatchers she was trapped inside her unlocked bedroom. Investigators said William Keeling had made his way into the house through the back door.
People who live in the neighborhood near Broadway and Hardy Drive said there usually aren't any problems.
"It's a mixture of people who have lived here for years and college students," Bharat Patel said.
However, recently investigators said there have been quite a few break-ins. It happened to Christopher Kelley two weeks ago.
"They took a laptop and some other computer stuff," Kelley said.
As for the woman, police showed up in the nick of time. Officers said they caught Keeling in the backyard of the house. Detectives said he was armed with a gun and was carrying burglary tools.
Tempe Police Department said call 911 immediately if:
A stranger with no legitimate business knocks on your door.
You see someone going door to door.
You see a stranger or strange vehicle in the alley.
You observe a stranger loitering (on foot, bike or vehicle).
You hear dogs barking up and down the alleyway.
You observe any suspicious/concerning activity.
Illegal entry is being made in a majority of these cases in your neighborhood through.
Unsecured and unlocked gates, garages and vehicles.
Unlocked front and back doors.
Open windows and unlatched pet doors.
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