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Bethesda home invasion raising questions about personal safety

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BETHESDA, Md. -

What would you do if somebody tried to break into your home? It's a question on the minds of many in the Wildwood neighborhood of Bethesda after two suspects robbed a home on Farnham drive and carjacked the family's Cadillac Escalade.

FOX 5 asked Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks for some professional advice involving several scenarios.

If you are confronted outside your home, Starks says.

"Go with your gut. Assess the situation. Can you flee or make noise? Or do you think it's better just to cooperate?" he said.

We asked what a person should do if they wake up to a burglary.

Starks says, "You should lock your bedroom door. If you're on a ground floor, you should try and safely get out the window and then summon help from a distance from the home."

We asked if alarms and surveillance cameras are a deterrent.

According to Starks, "If some people see a camera, that culprit may stay away. An alarm that's audible and goes off may scare a burglar or a thief."

Every case is different. So those tips don't necessarily apply to the Bethesda case.


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