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With the latest home invasion bringing the total to nine in just the last few weeks. The most recent victim is a woman in her 60s living on the south side. Two men tried to tie her up inside her house, and then they stole items from her home.

Police have emphasized to keep an eye on your neighborhoods and if you see anything out of the ordinary – anything you are concerned about – to call 911.

And people are doing that, according to 911 dispatchers in the Marion County Emergency Communications Agency building.

Along with an increase in 911 calls, home security companies are also seeing an increase in customer calls about alarm systems.

Studies show that even the appearance of an alarm in your home, as simple as just a sign outside, can deter burglars.  Alarms can alert police even if you can’t.

Police say these are a good way to protect your home and family, and offer a first line of defense.

Alarm systems can range from very simple to high tech where you can monitor your home from your cell phone or computer. You’ll pay about $100 dollars for installation, then $30 a month on the low end of the pricing scale.