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KHQ CRIMETRACKER: Tips on how to make your home less appealing to would-be burglars

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SPOKANE, Wash.- After a manhunt northeast of Spokane, that started as a burglary, KHQ sent Gabe Cohen to meet with a Sheriff's Deputy for tips on how to keep your home safe. Deputy Travis Pendell says that half of all burglaries take place in unsecured homes. He adds, "you can make sure it's hard to break in."

One of the biggest things law enforcement encounters, says Pendell, is a garage that's been left open. Deputy Pendell says burglars see that as easy pickings, and can be in and out in no time at all. He suggests everyone lock the door that leads from the garage into the home.

This time of year, windows are also a big problem because people want to leave it open a crack for a breeze. Deputy Pendell says you need to put down a wood dowel, or cut a broom stick to fit the window track.

Lastly, lighting can make a big difference. Deputy Pendell tells us, "burglars feel safe in the dark. You want to light up your house so your neighbor can see."

Those are just easy tips, but you can take more extreme measures like installing a security system or putting up cameras.

 

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