PEORIA - A north Peoria community is taking precautions after a woman was found dead in her home Friday.
Police tape no longer surrounds the home at 700 W. Mossville Rd. But the shooting death of Denise Leuthold, 39, and the fact that police have made no arrests is still fresh on people's minds.
Resident James Thomas has lived in the area for 17 years and he's never seen anything like this.
Leuthold was a mother of three children. Police say it likely started as a burglary. Authorities found signs of forced entry and it appeared someone rummaged through the residence. When police arrived, her car was missing from the residence, but it was later found in the parking lot of Robinson Park, less than a mile away.
Now, Thomas and many other neighbors who spoke with WMBD 31 say they're doing something uncommon in their quiet area.
"(Police) were saying you know, make sure your doors are closed. You know," said Thomas.
Police have asked nearby residents to lock doors to homes and cars and to look out for suspicious activity.
Schools are also taking precaution.
"You know that's pretty close to our schools and we did have some parent concerns last night," said Dr. Jay Marino, Dunlap CUSD 323 Superintendent.
Dunlap District Schools were placed on "soft lockdown" Friday. According to Marino, all school doors were locked and visitors were checked before coming in. The playgrounds were empty because students were kept indoors.
"The person who committed that crime has not been apprehended," said Marino. "So a reasonable response was let's go into a soft lockdown where we'll still allow people within the school but make sure we very well control that and make sure students are safe within the walls of the school."
According to Marino the schools just want to play it safe and he's not ready to say when the lockdown will be lifted. School is out on Monday for President's Day.
Thomas says he's going to be careful, but won't overdo it.
"One of the unfortunate parts is that could happen anywhere. You know, if you worry about everything that could happen, you wouldn't leave your house," he said.