A community invader near us l Guest View

By Christina Vasquez, Mukilteo citizen | Jan 31, 2018

Recently, my family experienced a home invasion. I want to share my experience to spread awareness and highlight the importance of securing our homes for the safety of our community.

My husband and I have enjoyed the beautiful, quaint and peaceful Mukilteo area for many years. We are grateful to live in a community that cultivates a comfortable and secure lifestyle.

Returning home from a short trip and upon entering our home, we interrupted an intruder. We heard stomping inside our home by the intruder followed by him escaping our home.

At night, the neighborhood is dark, which allowed the intruder to escape on foot in a direction we could not distinguish. He initially got into our home by throwing large rocks through our window.

I called 911 while running out the front door looking for the intruder. I was overcome with fear and uncertainty.

The 911 dispatch kept me calm and the Mukilteo police showed up within what felt like seconds. The rush of fear turned to an overwhelming feeling of relief upon the arrival of the police.

The police were ready and began working as a team to assess the situation. Wow, was I impressed with how they pulled together within the moment.

All while I felt like I was falling apart, they were stable, strong and began securing the area. The officers worked relentlessly in the cold and rain to track down the direction the intruder went.

Keep in mind what that means, think about how many dry clothes they have to bring to work, how their socks get soaked and their feet get cold in the winter on these pursuits. They deserve the utmost respect.

These exceptional service members in our society see this as their job but I see it as multiple selfless sacrifices for justice.

My reflections on the event are that my husband and I were complacent in our lifestyle. We heard of a similar break-in in our area not long before and we talked about what we needed to do to prepare but we didn’t execute on those words.

Now we are taking action by installing a better security monitoring system and several bright lights to illuminate all dark areas amongst other purchases to deter criminals.

At the end of the day, things possibly still will occur despite preparation but most importantly the lesson we learned is that with minimal preparation there is a much higher percentage of an unfavorable outcome.

We are determined to do everything we can to secure our home.

We not only lost possessions but we lost our trust in how we live in our home.

Take time and look around your home and make sure you’re not making things easy for an intruder.

I hope as you read this, that you will be impacted and not be complacent like we once were.

Best wishes and safety to all Mukilteo neighbors from your fellow neighbor.

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