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Samantha Hayes reporting Robberies similar to Tuesday’s home invasion are in the news all the time, giving the impression they can happen anytime, anywhere.

But last night's robbery has something in common with most home invasions.

Home invasions show up in the news fairly frequently in all different neighborhoods. Eyewitness News reported about 10 in the last 6 months. Police say often time the suspects and victims are not strangers.

Sadie Day, Neighbor: "I don't think its random."

Neither did police. Investigators say the people living in the West Jordan home probably knew exactly who broke in, and knew what they wanted.

Gary Cox, West Jordan Police Dept.: “What we're finding is that this is a result of illegal drug activity problems."

Two people inside were beaten and several others tied up. A mother and her 8 year old daughter escaped.

Salt Lake County detective Don Campbell says what happened in West Jordan is typical of this sort of crime.

Don Campbell, Detective: “Its been my experience that most home invasions are not random acts. That more often its a situation where they have some connection to people at the home..through a perceived debt owed, or some sort of dispute going on."

Investigators say the number of home invasions has increased right alongside the use of methamphetamine. In fact, they believe most home invasions aren't even reported."

Don Campbell, Detective: “There's a term often used in drug trade...called taxing. That's where someone owes a drug debt and some one else wants to collect on that debt."

Home invasions fall under residential robberies in state crime statistics. In 2001 there were 112. In 2002, 106, and in 2003 156.

Don Campbell, Detective:: Not saying that’s what always happens- certainly accidents can happen like visiting the wrong residence, but again, - mostly not random acts. "

Police say some people associated with the home have been arrested before, but none in connection to this case yet.

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