PHOENIX — Summer months can mean summer vacation and travel for families, but that can also be an open invitation for burglars to strike, especially if they know you're more likely to be away.
"When you have a person that's willing or is wanting to do something like this, they're looking for the vulnerable, that's gonna make it easy for them to commit a theft or a burglary," Phoenix Police Detective Luis Samudio told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
In the first three months of 2019, The City of Phoenix reported over 2,300 burglaries.
KTAR News 92.3 FM says that according to Community Crime Map, the Arizona zip code 85041 in south Phoenix has had the highest number of break-ins this year with 307.
Samudio says there's a number of things you can do to protect your property.
"You keep your home looking like it's occupied and make it difficult for a thief or a burglar to come in and commit a burglary."
Phoenix police also suggest:
- Notifying a neighbor or police to check on your home while you are gone
- Suspending any mail, newspaper or other deliveries
- Arrange to have lawn mowed or bushes trimmed while away
- Plug in timers to turn on lights-Lock all doors, windows and garage
Various cities offer vacation watch programs where police can stop by and check on your house or property while you're away.
Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria and Phoenix police are among the Valley cities that offer these types of programs.