PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The Bouse family was sound asleep in their Southeast Portland home last weekend when an intruder entered their house through an unlocked back door.
"It was really scary," Melissa Bouse told KOIN 6 News. "My son was sleeping on the top floor so he was a distance between us that was terrifying."
The creak of the backdoor woke her up. "I heard two footsteps and I immediately darted out of bed and then yelled, 'Hello! Hello!'"
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said an unlocked back door is often used by burglars. Once they're in, they go for small items - a jewelry box, a laptop. The burglars move quickly from room to room and try to be out within two minutes.
But the last thing a burglar wants to run into are people at home.
"Whoever it was was scared by the sound of our voices," Bouse said. "Maybe wasn't expecting to hear somebody be home."
In the area between SE 23rd to SE 36th along Hawthorne has had 36 home burglary reports
in the past month. The Bouse family is one of those reports.
They're also now keeping their back door locked and their porch lights on.
Deputies also suggest getting to know your neighbors. Burglars take advantage of the fact most people don't pay attention to who is coming and going in their neighbor's homes.
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