Windows, doors cracked open are an invitation for burglars - Tucson News Now

Windows, doors cracked open are an invitation for burglars

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The weather is warm and hot during the day, but at night things start to cool down and that is when homeowners can become the target of a theft. 

Many homeowners, to save money on an electric bill will crack their windows to let air into the house, but leaving them open at night can be a welcome sign to thieves. 

Here are a few numbers on where thieves gain entry a majority of the time - 34 percent of the time burglars target the front door; with windows being the next highest at 23 percent and the back door at 22 percent.  These numbers are based on FBI statistics from a few years ago.

They say about every 14 seconds a burglary takes place in the U.S. About 65 percent of those burglaries are residential and homes without a security system are about three times as likely to be broken into than a home with a system.

There are several things homeowners can do to protect their homes - first don't give a burglar a place to hide, cut back trees and bushes surrounding the home; another step is to use motion sensitive exterior and interior lights.  This will help to brighten up dark areas a burglar may hide in.

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