DULUTH, MN–Duluth Police have kick started a new campaign, which is aimed at reducing residential burglaries during a time of year when they’re most common.
Since people spend more time outdoors during the spring and summer months, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken says that opens up a window of opportunity for thieves to target seemingly empty homes.
Tusken hopes the campaign, called “Not in my House,” will empower people to take steps to avoid becoming a victim.
According to police, most residential burglaries happen between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. when many people may be out of the house.
To avoid the appearance of an empty home, Tusken advises leaving blinds and curtains open, leaving a car in your driveway, and leaving lights or a TV on.
If you’re out of town, you can also put your mail on hold, or ask a neighbor to mow your lawn and take in any deliveries.
The “Not in my House” campaign also focuses on securing all entry points to your home.
Tusken says the average thief will spend less than a minute trying to break in, and their target entry points are usually the front door, back door, or first-floor window.
Besides locking your doors and windows, you can make those spots harder to enter by installing lights, trimming your bushes away from doors and windows, or putting in a highly visable security system.