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Home burglaries on the rise in North Austin: How to make your home more secure

Austin Police say residential burglaries are up in North Austin, but say there are ways to keep your home from being a target. (CBS Austin)

Austin Police say residential burglaries are up in North Austin, but say there are ways to keep your home from being a target

Officers who fill the role of district representatives will come to your home and identify what needs to be fixed to make a home more secure.

The officer will start on the outside, look for vulnerabilities that would make it easy for someone to break in and move to the inside.

Officers say the goal is to make your home less appealing to a burglar.

"We're looking at a house and taking the mindset of a burglar thinking 'how can I get into that house?'" Officer Frank Creasey said.

Creasey is a district representative in region two, that's North Austin. He said the area has seen an increase in home break-ins and wants homeowners to know that APD will come out to do a security survey for free.

"I wish more people would take advantage of it," Creasey said.

The survey starts on the outside of the home. CBS Austin tagged along with Creasey while he did a security check.

"One thing I did notice, you can't hide behind the bushes here, but up here somebody could actually fit back behind here," Creasey said.

He said lighting and landscaping both come into play when trying to make a home more secure.

He recommends motion sensor lighting and that bushes be trimmed below the windows.

"Trim them to where you can see back there and if someone is trying to hide you'd see them," Creasey said.

Once he checks out the outside, he looks for any vulnerabilities inside.

"A lot of burglary entries, they'll kick in the door," Creasey said.

He said its best to take extra steps like adding stronger screws to door frames so it can't be kicked in or drilling pins in the windows so they can't be lifted up.

"Make your house less desirable for a burglar so they can see you took the extra steps to secure it and make it more difficult to break in," Creasey said.

Austin Police offer this service all over the city. To find out how to contact your district representative to schedule a security survey, go to the Austin Police Department website.

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