Lock your doors and windows, because Allstate officials said Saturday is the top day for home burglaries.
According to a recent Allstate review, more Texans file home burglary insurance claims on August 10 than any other day.
Items crooks are on the hunt for include electronics, jewelry and cash. Allstate officials said vacant houses are prime targets for burglars. Police report criminals often check homes for excessive mail, door hangers or newspapers lying around in the front yard.
Allstate officials said there are many ways to help prevent a home burglary.
1. Lock up, even if you're just running out on a short errand. Make sure all doors and windows are locked. Steel doors and deadbolt locks provide the best security. Also, always keep your garage door shut and locked. Police say open garage doors are a common entry point for burglars.
2. Advertise deterrents. An alarm system is an excellent deterrent to crime, as long as it's used consistently. The system should include a loud siren and motion sensors. Display security system decals on your windows and doors.
3. Don't publicize your plans. Be careful when tweeting or posting Facebook updates about the vacation you're on, or the concert you're at.
4. Protect your possessions. Store items like jewelry, cash out -of-sight and be sure valuables like flat-screen televisions are not visible from the street.
5. Know what you've got. If you become the victim of theft, it will make the claim process easier if you have a complete inventory of any missing items.