Attempted home invasion at Peoria police officer's house

By Audrey Wise

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Around 9:00 Wednesday night there was another attempted home invasion, this time at the house of a Peoria police officer.

The incident happened in the 2800 block of West Briarcliffe Lane.

According to police reports, the male officer was sleeping downstairs when his wife started yelling and the alarm system went off.

He went upstairs to see two men trying to open a back patio door. The men then took off through a wooded area.

The officer was not allowed to speak on camera, but a friend was there to help him fix up the home so he could move and restore his family's sense of security.

"Thank God no one has been injured yet, like I said, it's just getting out of hand and it needs to stop," said the friend, Forrest Holcomb Jr.

A neighbor, Beverly Grimes, said after the incident, the officer came to check on her and told her what happened.

She said she thought she would be safer living next to a cop, but the crimes seem to happen everywhere.

"I know there has been break-ins daytime as well as evening time, so I think just keeping your doors locked, being aware when you come home, making sure no one has followed you or looking around for anything that's suspicious. I think those are always good things to do," said Grimes.

The incident remains under investigation.

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