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#STAYSAFE Woman Survives Home Invasion, Wants To Share How To Protect Yourself

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It is something we think will never happen to us, our home being broken into by a stranger looking for something to steal. Just the phrase home invasion still brings chills to one couple here in Yakima. It is something we think will never happen to us, our home being broken into by a stranger looking for something to steal. Just the phrase home invasion still brings chills to one couple here in Yakima.
YAKIMA, WA-- It is something we think will never happen to us, our home being broken into by a stranger looking for something to steal. Just the phrase home invasion still brings chills to one couple here in Yakima.  Now they want others to know more about the ordeal they went through, and how to protect yourself if it does happen to you.

Kris Fork and her fiancé were waking up when they heard a knock at their door on a chilly morning last October in Yakima.

Moments later they are being tied up, beaten and threatened to be killed.

"They weren't going to let us go.  They were going to kill us, they said they were going to kill me, then him, then they're going to kill the police when they came to the front door," Fork said.

She managed to untie her hands when her captors were not looking and then jumped out of a bedroom window.  Her fiancé also managed to get free.

The two men who held them hostage ran before police arrived but were arrested moments later and Fork knew she had to do something.

"I did get a neighborhood block watch going after that.  I know all the neighbors, we keep a close eye on each other," Fork said.

Police in Yakima said the number of home invasion break-ins in Yakima is small and you can count how many there have been recently on one hand.  Officers said these attacks are not random.

"When we have a home invasion, it involves the suspects knowing the victims or knowing that they might have valuables in that house," said Mike Bastinelli from the Yakima Police Department.

Bastinelli also said you cannot predict a home invasion and the criminals are just looking for an opportunity, but Fork said to avoid that you have to be smarter than they are.

"Just don't be a victim, be aware of your surroundings, you need to be aware of what's going on around you," Fork said.

Three months after her attack the scars are healing on Fork's face, but the emotional scars run deep.  She said she still does not know why her home was targeted.

"Will we ever know? We don't know.  All I can say is be proactive, be aware of your surroundings, go with your gut instinct, which with me is 'I'm going to die and I'm not going to have my daughter, 21-years-old, coming and finding me in a morgue'," Fork said.

Police also said do not advertise you have valuables in your home and do not post to social media that your house will be empty for a long period of time like when you go on vacation.  That is just an invitation for a criminal who is looking for the opportunity to break in to your home.
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