TRI-CITIES, Wash.--A new study by State Farm Insurance finds an increase in homeowner theft.
Data from claims filed since 2004 says Washington state ranks third in the nation for possible break-in's and burglary's.
Insurance officials suggest adding bolt-type locks, strong door frames, and outdoor lighting to deter potential thieves. They say this is especially important as people go on vacation during the holidays.
Richland police suggest asking local neighbors to monitor your home if your heading out of town.
"Our volunteers will come out and check on your house," mentions Corporal Darryl Judge, Richland police. Probably the most important thing is to take simple steps to secure your house such as locking doors , make sure the doors are actually closed when you leave, lock your valuables up."
Corporal Judge also recommends stopping newspaper delivery.
The Richland police department does offer a 'Vacation House Check' where police volunteers will come check your house. Stop by the police department to pick up a request form.