It's almost summer in Minnesota which means people are emerging from their winter hibernation and spending less time at home. Cities everywhere see an increase in burglaries during the warmer months, and Duluth is no different. But that doesn't mean you have to accept a break-in to your home as an inevitability. Break-ins are solely crimes of opportunity. Burglars target houses with poor lighting, good hiding places, and a high chance of profit. Follow the tips below and you'll remove your home from a burglar's target list.

Entry Points

Most burglars enter the home through the front door, back door, or first-floor window. Obvious entry points like this may seem surprising, but if those areas are not lit or are covered by bushes, burglars won't hesitate to walk right in. Here's how to make those entry points less enticing:

• Highly illuminate your entry points to your home and garage

• Trim all bushes and hedges away from doors and windows

• Install a highly-visible security system with cameras



Make it look like you're home

Most of our lives are pretty predictable Monday through Friday. Most burglaries happen between 12:30-2 p.m. There is a low chance that homeowners and neighbors are around, making this prime time for a burglary. Here are some things you can do to make it look like you're home whether at work or on vacation:

• Leave your blinds and curtains open;

• Leave a car in the driveway;

• Put your mail or newspaper on hold;

• Have someone maintain your lawn;

• Arrange for a neighbor to pick up deliveries;

• Leave lights and a TV on or put them on a timer.

The above are all things that will keep a burglar from targeting your home, but the most effective thing you can do is lock your doors and windows. By taking control of your property and residence, you will be sending a clear message to burglars that says, "Not in my house."