COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Covington residents report a rash of burglaries and home invasions. Some residents say the thieves wait for home owners to leave and then break in.
Your home is supposed to be your castle, but when thieves invaded the home of a 77-year-old woman earlier this week, her sense of security was shattered.
"I tell you I didn't know what was going on. I heard something hit the floor," said "Jean," a name we're using to protect her identity.
She says two men followed her son into the house, one of them armed with a gun.
"They were going to rob him, that's what was going to happen, and they came right on through there, went right on in the kitchen and pistol whipped him,"she said.
The intruders left after Jean told them police were on the way.
Earlier this year, her daughter Charlene said her home was also burglarized.
"I have no sense of security anymore. No one has a right to force entry into anyone's home," Charlene told FOX19.
Having dogs in the home doesn't mean you won't be burglarized. Teri Meyer says she has three dogs including a German Shepherd.
"She protects this property really well, and when I came in my German Shepherd couldn't walk. She was limping, had her front leg up and she's still having a hard time. I think they must have kicked. I think she must have probably bitten or got a hold of whoever was in my house because they really hurt her," she said.
All the thieves took was Teri's medication and her dogs' medication as well.
In addition, Teri's daughter, Amy, fell victim to a purse snatching thief. Amy's iPhone was in the purse when it was stolen, and by using iCloud she was able to see pictures the suspect took on her phone.
Police say burglars like easy targets so always lock your doors and vehicles. If you have a new television or other electronic device, don't leave the box on the curb because that could be a tempting invitation.
It's also a good idea to take pictures of your valuables and record the serial number so you can turn them over to police and your insurance company in case they're stolen.
Covington Police Chief Colonel Spike Jones tells FOX19 the city is not in the grips of a crime wave and has not seen a significant increase in the number of burglaries.