Several armed suspects entered the home at 3621 Clarine Lane late last night. One suspect struck a woman in the head with a handgun while the others went into a bedroom and stole several firearms. Police say that while criminals usually target specific houses, home invasions can happen to anyone at any time.
"Normally in a home invasion, there's some other underlying reason why the home invasion takes place," says Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.
Criminals have many reasons for breaking into homes, but Iasparro says many of them have something in common.
"The suspects suspect that a person may be selling narcotics, possess narcotics, possess narcotics, or have a significant amount of money in the home," he says.
But home invasions aren't always drug or money-related.
"If you're living close to a house that is selling narcotics, that house is at risk just by nature of the business that they do. Sometimes we'll see that where the suspects hit the wrong house," Iasparro says.
Last night's home invasion has taken neighbors by surprise.
"It's basically old retired people around here. Very safe, never had any problems," says Dave Sandquist, who lives in the area.
If our home is invaded, keeping our families safe is easier than we might think.
"The best weapon a person has is the phone. The quicker you can dial 9-1-1, get the police en route, that's the very best you can do," Iasparro says.
In addition to keeping a phone close by at all times, police recommend getting a dog, installing a home security system, and keeping our doors and windows locked in order to stay safe