Miller: Criminals Even Using Children To Invade Homes

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka neighborhoods have been plagued with brutal and deadly home invasions in recent months.

In July, 40-year-old Natalie Gibson was shot and killed in the driveway of her Kenwood home.

In an effort to alert people about home invasions, police officers held their third session on home invasion prevention.

"They're scary. They're absolutely scary. People force their way right into your house, and usually a home invasion is some kind of an armed encounter," said Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller.

The session took place at Highland Park High School Wednesday night.

Officers say people are even using children to gain access to homes.

Miller said criminals "will use children to come to the door and ask the person, if they can come in, and use the phone." He says the person will then force their way into the home.

Miller also says intruders are also targeting single people, by following them home, and then forcing their way in. He also says intruders continue to convince people that they are contractors.

Not only did police tell people to lock their doors, but they told people to make sure sliding doors and windows are locked on tracks.

Miller says more home invasion prevention sessions are planned in the future.