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Intruder Makes Way Into Unlocked Home

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A Fargo woman got the fright of her life when she woke up to a stranger standing over her bed.
She says she's okay but she learned a harsh lesson about keeping her home safe.

NDSU senior Amanda Cribbs just moved into this home in north Fargo and her first weekend in the place, she realized she wasn't the only one who had moved in.

"This door doesn't lock," says Cribbs.

An intruder entered her home and went up the stairs to her bedroom.

"I screamed and he ran away," says Cribbs.

Cribbs says she didn't call police but learned a harsh lesson rather quickly.

"I always left my doors open. I never thought twice," says Cribbs.

Tens of thousands of college students will be moving in to a new place this month and even in the FM area it's important to keep your home safe.

"A vast majority of students are from smaller towns and don't remember to lock there doors," says Lt. Joel Vettel, with the Fargo Police Department.

Situations like this are a good reminder to lock up.

"When you move in, do the simple things," says Lt. Vettel.

Cribbs never reported her incident and police say that's a big mistake.

"When you see something out of ordinary, call us right away," says Lt. Vettel.

"Next time I will call. I know that wouldn't hurt," says Cribbs.

For now, Cribbs says anytime she enters or leaves her home, she always remembers one extra step.

"I will always lock my door for sure."

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