More Texans file home burglary insurance claims on August 10 than any other day of the year, that's according to a recent review by Allstate Insurance Company.
Allstate agencies are encouraging people to keep their homes locked-up and their vacation plans quiet.
Police say electronics, jewelry and cash are top targets. Empty houses are easy marks. Criminals will often check homes for excessive mail, door hangers or newspapers lying around in the front yard before breaking in and taking what they want.
"Home burglaries can happen anywhere, anytime," said Robin Czarnek an Allstate Agency Owner in San Antonio. "It's important to be aware of what makes your home more attractive to thieves and take simple steps to safeguard your family from this potential threat."
Allstate agents offer several tips to protects homes from thieves.
1. Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
2. An alarm system is a good way to deter criminals. Make sure you have a loud siren and motion sensors.
3. Don't publicize your vacation plans. Be careful when tweeting or posting Facebook updates. Although you're friends' friends may seem trustworthy, you'd be surprised how quickly news spreads that you're not home.
4. Protect your valuables. Store items like jewelry, cash out -of-sight and be sure valuables like flat-screen televisions are not visible from the street.