Police in Owasso are emphasizing the importance of locking doors and windows as part of a nightly routine after a 12-year-old girl awoke to a stranger in her bedroom.

Officers responded about 3:30 a.m. Friday to the Greens Apartment complex in the 13600 block of east 84th Street North after the girl’s mother awoke to her daughter screaming. Her daughter reportedly awoke to someone standing over her bed before the person fled out the window.

Police found evidence inside and outside the apartment that someone had been in the bedroom, likely having entered through an unlocked window, according to a news release.

In a news release Friday morning, Deputy Chief of Police Jason Woodruff said it’s important for homes and businesses to make securing their property at night a regular habit.

“Owasso Police remind everyone to conduct nightly security checks of your homes or businesses to include locking all exterior windows and doors, the ‘9 o’clock routine’ popularized by local police departments in helping residents remember to conduct these nightly checks,” Woodruff said. “Patrols will be increased in order to conduct checks of people that may be encountered in the area as well.

“Owasso Police encourage residents to call 918-272-2244 to report any suspicious noise, person or anything else they may hear or see in order for patrol officers to conduct a check, or call 911 in any emergency.”

Officers will reportedly conduct extra patrols in the apartment complex and collect surveillance footage from early Friday morning.

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