How to keep your home secure while away this summer

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Glendale Police Department is encouraging residents to take extra steps to protect their homes from burglars while away on summer trips.

The advice comes after a recent burglary in which $10,000 worth of property, including a vehicle, was stolen from a Glendale home while the family was on vacation. Police said four people entered the home through a broken window.

Police said they located the suspects and recovered the family's property, but not all burglary victims are so fortunate.

Glendale police recommend taking the following five measures to protect your home and belongings:

1. Lock all your doors and windows. Police say while this step sounds simple, it only takes one unlocked window or broken latch to allow criminals easy access to your home.

2. Ask a friend or family member to check on your home regularly, and notify your neighborhood watch group if you have one.

3. Have your mail held at the post office, stop newspaper deliveries, and don't arrange for packages to be delivered while you're away. Have a friend or neighbor remove any fliers or free press left on your property.

4. Maintain the norm. Don't close the curtains if you typically leave them partially open, and don't leave the TV and lights on the entire time you're away. Consider investing in timers that automatically turn lights and electronics on and off.

5. Don't tip off criminals on social media by announcing your vacation plans or posting photos while on your trip. Even if you believe your hundreds of Facebook friends won't rob you, your account information can be compromised. Wait until you get home to post photos online.