As a leading Atlanta alarm company, one of the things we hear most often from our customers is that their main priority is protecting their children. A recent break-in that occurred in the Atlanta area provides a chilling example of the kind of scenario where children are the most vulnerable.
A suspect who broke into a Gwinnett County, Georgia, apartment on Monday was shot and killed by a police officer. The incident took place at the Woodland Ridge Apartments on Tree Trail Parkway in Norcross.
According to MyFoxAtlanta, a local affiliate, the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Eric Andrews, knocked on the door of an apartment where children were present. The mother of the children had already gone to work for the morning, and they were waiting for a school bus.
Police say that when the children didn’t answer the door, Andrews walked around the unit and tried to force his way in through a window. The kids were able to make their way out of the front door of the apartment safely and reach a neighbor, who called police.
“The fact that they thought to get out safely without the person seeing them and get to safety was great,” Badia Taylor, a neighbor who lived upstairs from the victims, told CBS Atlanta. “They’re smart little kids.”
When police arrived, the suspect confronted them with a tire iron and was shot. The suspect’s motive was unclear at the time of the incident, and police are still investigating.
Unfortunately, we hear about crimes like this frequently, but there are measures you can take to ensure the safety of your kids. Make sure they understand never to answer the door for strangers, and for further protection, we recommend having an American Alarm monitoring company install a home security system that can alert the police in the event of unwelcome intruders. Call us today at (770) 645-0061 to find out more.