Douglas County has been on the outskirts of the Brianna Denison case. Denison, like many folks who grew up in Northern Nevada, had family in the Valley.
The news that a young woman was taken from a home early Jan. 20 and whose body was discovered more than three weeks later, has parents of daughters all over Western Nevada concerned.
According to news reports, the intruder entered through an unlocked door and kidnapped the 19-year-old, who had been out late the night before with friends.
Members of Denison's extended family were joined by friends and strangers in their search for her and, when she was found, remembering her.
Reports are that sales of self-defense gear are up and classes are filling up all over the region.
Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Schaller's course in self-defense for high school girls is just one part of that.
The capture of Denison's killer must be a priority for authorities, but there is one thing we can do to help keep ourselves and our families safer.
Lock your doors. Many who live in the more rural areas of Douglas County have lived for a long time with their doors unlocked. Those days have passed.
What happened to Brianna Denison is frightening, but it's important that our response in this matter is not panic, but vigilance.