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Rockford man takes action after violent home invasion

Jim Novak put sign outside of neighborhood where attack happened. Jim Novak put sign outside of neighborhood where attack happened.

A neighbor takes action after two men break into a Rockford home and hurt a couple of senior citizens. The crime's left people in the area shaken. Rockford Police are still searching for the suspects. In the meantime at least one neighbor is not waiting for another incident.

"They were terrorized not just physically but emotionally," says Jim Novak.

He is talking about what his neighbors Colleen and Jack Holmbeck went through. The two were attacked in their home on Imperial Oaks Drive off of Spring Brook Road on Rockford's northeast side. They both went to the hospital. Colleen Holmbeck was attacked. Jack Holmbeck was shot.

"Crime in Rockford is completely out of hand, the public is not really aware of how serious it is," says Novak.

Novak says he was a victim of a burglary more than a decade ago and it sparked him to start Concerned Citizens Against Crime. The community group fell apart as interested faded but this break-in has him getting to work. Rockford Alderman Carl Wasco lives nearby. He's also a friend of the Holmbeck's. He calls this a good time for everyone to take a look at how they can get involved.

"It's always good for neighbor to watch out for neighbor. You never know what's going on in the neighborhood and this is just a case of that where they're home for lunch and the unexpected happens," says Wasco.

Rockford Police say in this incident a door was left open. They say the best thing you can do is lock your doors even when you are home. They say its important to do the same thing for your garage door because often people keep expensive items there that a burglar can grab quickly.

"They are going to be walking or driving through the area looking for that easy target so don't make your target easy," says Lt. Pat Hoey, Rockford Police Department.

Novak invites community members to get involved in Concerned Citizens Against Crime. The group will meet Tuesday night at Provena Cor Mariae Center at 3330 Maria Linden Dr, Rockford in the chapel at 6 p.m.

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