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What to do if you wake up to a burglary

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Brendan Mahoney was shaken up by a terrifying scenario. Mahoney was in bed asleep when something caused him to wake up.

"I heard voices and footsteps inside my house," said Mahoney.

Strangers were making their way through his home when Mahoney says he jumped out of bed, slammed his bedroom door and dialed 911. He feared the worst.

"My first thought - I thought they'd come into my bedroom," said Mahoney.

But after a few moments, the criminals took off.

Police say the homeowner did the right thing by not trying to take on the criminals. 

Officer W.H. Rollins said, "Because you don't know what they have, what they're trying to get, if it's a property crime or what they're doing."

Officer Rollins says victims should quickly find a safe room.

"A safe room is somewhere you lock the door -- a solid door -- and if they try to get through the door, it will give you time to get out of the house."

Mahoney's sense of security may be shattered, but even so, he says he's lucky.

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