Burglary victim speaking out to raise awareness on safety

POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 4:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- College Station police tell us burglaries are on the rise and one recent home invasion has left a family terrified since the suspects remain on the loose.

Now a community is joining together to find ways to combat crime and to help prevent future break-ins.

It's a homeowners worst nightmare and it happened to Carolyn Waldon last week.

"We just felt like we were being attacked, like you were in a war zone or like you were in a movie watching an action film but all of a sudden you become the characters in the film."

Waldon says as many as four men tried to break into her home on Detroit Street but by the time police arrived on scene, 22-year-old Michael Labelle, was the only one to be found.

"It's just right now like I'm on edge. I don't get a lot of sleep and even the one that was arrested, I mean, I'm sure he probably went on with his life, went to school the next day like nothing ever happened but it's not like that easy for me."

Lucy Peterson has lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years and says nothing like this has ever happened before.

"I've never had any problems," said Peterson. "We have really good neighbors around so I was really shocked and amazed at what happened here and it really makes you fearful, even if you are young, for someone to try to come in on you like that."

And with a neighborhood in fear, Waldon is holding meetings to raise awareness about what people can do to make their streets and homes safer.

"We want to take back our community and we want to make it safe," Waldon said.
 

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