Multiple victims have died interrupting a burglaries in progress. One of the most recent incidents happened at the Park Ridge Apartments where a man is accused of killing a maintenance worker.
Coming face-to-face with a burglar is a terrifying thought, but the El Paso County Sheriff's Office want the community to be aware before entering their home to avoid any more tragedies.
"It's a matter of making those observations before you get too deep into the house," said Lt. Jeff Kramer, the spokesperson for the EPCSO.
Kramer recommends always approaching your home aware of what it looks like and not ignoring warning signs. If things look different then how you left them, like open doors, pet outside, or broken windows, deputies recommend you back away.
"It's best to play it safe. Get back in your car, move a couple of doors down and place a call to law enforcement," said Kramer.
There are also ways to decrease chances of being a burglary victim. The EPCSO recommends lighting a home on all sides, ensuring shrubs aren't big enough to hide people, and investing in locks or home security systems.