KHQ.COM - Gonzaga University is warning students about an apartment break-in near campus that happened while people were inside sleeping. The student who reported the crime says the intruder entered through a window into the off-campus building and stole items, including keys to a vehicle. Spokane Police say the thief then took off with the vehicle, which was recovered about a block away. The report says the residents were asleep in their bedrooms and that they don't believe the intruder ever entered into those rooms in the apartment.
The break-in has GU warning students to keep the following tips in mind:
First, lock your doors and windows even when you're home. If you're going to sleep with your window open, use a dowel or rod to keep thieves from being able to slide the window completely open.
Second, close your curtains. Also, avoid curtains that hinder someone from looking in but still allow you to look out. Sheer curtains and blinds are the best options.
Third, remember to turn on your exterior lights. It's going to help keep an intruder from slipping into your home without being seen.
And finally, Gonzaga is telling students not to confront someone if they do make entrance into your home. Instead, they say to find a safe place and call 911.
Spokane Police remind people to be vigilant even though break-ins that occur while people are home are rare. They are still looking for the person who broke into the apartment