COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Theft numbers are increasing in the city of College Station. Police say the the reason is simple.
"When May rolls around people are doing more outdoor activities and sometimes they kind of get lax in watching their items," said Lt. Craig Anderson with the College Station Police Department.
College Station PD said people need to be cautious as they leave for summer vacation.
"If you're going out of town make sure you take your items off your porch, make sure your newspapers are stopped being delivered to your home. Make sure your home still looks like it is being looked after."
They suggest that neighbors can be a good resource to watch for anything suspicious.
According to police, the crimes are not secluded to one area.
"It's spread all out. The thing about theft and burglary is that whenever a person sees that opportunity, whether it's on the north side of town or the south side of town, they're going to strive to do whatever they can to take their property," said Anderson.
Home Depot employees say they see more people coming in this time of year for home protection.
"There's definitely an increase in sales, especially in this area for home security options," said Nate Parker.
Doorbells with cameras and lights with motion sensors are some of their most popular items.
Anderson said it's important that the community looks out for each other, too.
"No matter where you are, no matter what time of the day always make sure you're being safe, look out for suspicious activity, and make sure you report suspicious activity," said Anderson.