Huber Heights, Ohio (WDTN)- After a home break in Kettering this week, police are reminding homeowners to be weary of burglars.
Sergeant Charles Taylor with the Huber Heights Police Department said a home burglary happens every 15 seconds across the country. He said those often occur during the daylight hours.
“Burglars are going to go to residences where it looks like they can get in easy and get out easy,” he said.
Taylor said the most important step is making sure windows and doors are locked. A secondary lock like a deadbolt is also encouraged. Taylor said home alarms, surveillance cameras and motion sensor lights are recommended as well.
Landscaping could also be a prevention tool. Taylor recommended keeping shrubbery low to ground and well trimmed. He said it can help your neighbors help you.
“This allows people from the outside, your neighbors, to see someone that comes to your house. There’s no places for them to hide,” Taylor said.
Homeowners might also consider leaving a light on while they are gone for the day. If you plan on going away on vacation, a timer to turn lights on and off is recommended. A lights inside or outside the home may help deter an intruder.
People living in an apartment complex should also heed warnings about locked doors. In addition, they should be alert of their surroundings.
“When you leave, is there someone out there kind of casing your area? If so make note of that,” Taylor said.