On their Facebook page, the Duluth Police Department stated that a burglary happens every 15 seconds in the United States.  This threat to residential homes can have a lasting impact not only on the occupants of the homes burglarized, but on an entire neighborhood.  

As scary as that seems, there are things you can do to avoid becoming a victim.  Here are some tips to help, courtesy of Duluth Police:

  • Make sure your windows and doors are locked.
  • Secure your sliding glass patio door. You can also add a track-blocker such as “charley bars” or other blocking devices.
  • Keep your eyes open and be a good neighbor. Report suspicious activity immediately.
  • Leave lights on at night (both interior and exterior)
  • If you’re leaving town let your neighbors you can trust know.
  • Look into home security systems.

I would also avoid leaving purses and wallets on counters or tables that can be viewed by looking into any window.  Doing this will take away the easy targets from burglars.