With the unfortunate uptick in home invasions, Enid residents need to make sure their homes and property are secure.

It’s natural for citizens to be scared with the rare spate of crime, particularly the home invasion that ended with the tragic death of Diana Baez.

To ensure that Enid remains a safe community, we urge readers to collaborate with neighbors and police.

One way is through community involvement. Enid Police recommend that residents download the Neighbors app by Ring and share information with their neighbors, and police, via the app. You don’t have to have a Ring device to participate.

“We’re trying to be much more responsive and informative with what’s going on in the neighborhoods,” Capt. Tim Jacobi said. “And we’re getting a lot of good feedback with the Neighbors app.”

Also, police recommend home security cameras. Ideally, they should be placed discreetly and should save historic footage for potential evidence.

Obviously, residents should secure their homes, vehicles and all front-yard entry points. Dogs and alarm systems can act as deterrents, and common sense suggests only considering a licensed weapon or firearm if you are trained and willing to use it within the law.

We hope readers won’t be having to deal with more home invasions in Enid, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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