Two break-ins last week had police on extra patrols throughout the northern end of town Oct. 17, 18, and 19. Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis said two residents on Oct. 17 and 18 awoke to find their front doors wide open.
“Both had said they had locked their doors the night before,” Mermis said. “We searched both residences and didn’t find anything.”
Mermis said they were lucky, most time if someone enters your house, things go wrong.
“You never know what they will do,” he said. “If someone is breaking into your house at night, it’s never a good thing.”
Mermis does not believe the two cases are potential for worry or cause to believe break-ins throughout the town are on the rise.
“We don’t believe people should be worried about them,” he said, “but we do encourage residents to lock their doors every night.”
“By locking your door you make it more likely you will hear someone trying to break in through a window or some other means.”
Mermis said people should not assume that just because they have lived in a community forever that being burglarized will never happen.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” he said. “It’s sad but we don’t live in a world anymore where it’s safe to leave houses unlocked at night. If residents see any suspicious activity, call 911.”