According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, home burglaries are on the rise, and authorities have offered many suggestions for the public to avoid these situations.
Considering that Baldwin Park reported 30 cases of home burglaries in June, an increase from the 22 reported in May, the warning should be taken seriously.
Cpt. Mike Parker, of the Sheriff's Department, said that home invasions and burglaries generally take place during the day, when people are at school or work.
"Unfortunately, it is difficult to capture the burglars in the act, even more so afterward," said Parker in a message to residents of the county.
From installing a security alarm system to simply using dead bolts, authorities offered many ideas for people to avoid becoming victims of home burglaries.
Some of the suggestions were:
Ask a relative or friend to stay at, or check on, your house periodically if you are leaving for long periods or on vacation.
Always lock your doors when leaving the house.
Install automatic or motion-activated lights.
Install deadbolts on windows, and use them.
Don't leave spare keys near the front door, instead ask a neighbor to keep it.
Get a safe box for valuable objects and personal documents.
For more information, visit the LASD recommendations' site at Nixle.