Dollars and "sense" can increase home security during break

Police investigate a recent burglary in Fishers.

Security consultants say they're getting more calls from people about burglars hitting homes and the crimes will likely continue as more people head away for spring break.

The typical burglar will spend about eight minutes in a home. They don't want to be there long, so the goal is to not make it easy.

Having a lock on home security doesn't just mean a door lock.

"It's important for residents to harden their targets," says Fishers Police Officer Tom Weger.

Because home burglars know when spring breaks happen, that's when they go to work.

Central Indiana has seen more well-publicized home burglaries. Experts say one out of three home burglars go right through the front door and straight for the bedroom for electronics, jewelry and other products.

So keeping them out of the house is the first big step.

"This part will splinter right here," says Kirk Booher, pointing to the wooden door frame of a client's home. Booher operates OnGuard Security Solutions.

He showed us Door Devil - a steel reinforcement strip kit that screws deep into the door frame for about $89 plus installation. There are competitors in the marketplace.

He says the products prevent part of the door and frame from splitting and that keeps the door from being easily kicked open. The longer it takes the bad guy to get in, experts say, the sooner they will give up and look for another target.

"They've got floodlights, so good light and cameras," Booher says, pointing to some of the four day and night motion activated cameras mounted around his client's home, which he can monitor on his mobile device.

But before you spend money, you can greatly increase security for almost nothing. This week we saw boxes for big screen TVs left along the street for the trash man. Police say don't let others know you've got new, expensive electronics in the house.

"Your neighbors can bring in the trash cans for you, get your newspaper and mail for you," Weger said.

Also, set lights on a timer - the television, too - so it looks and sounds as though you're home. And be careful where you put those spring break photos while you're still away.

"You don't want to advertise on the worldwide web you're out of the state or out of the city," Weger said.

That means waiting until you're home to share those vacation photos on Facebook.