Spring break is March 28 – April 1 for Lexington County students and teachers. This means fun, travel and a greater chance for burglaries.

There’s a strong positive correlation between burglaries and warm weather. This means as the weather improves, so do your chances of being burglarized.

The overwhelming majority of burglars enter homes through unlocked or loosely secured doors or windows. The majority of burglars also gain entry to a home through a simple tool like a screwdriver, pliers or a hammer. To reduce your likelihood of being burglarized a few simple steps can go a long way.

First, always make sure your doors are locked when you leave the home. Strongly consider installing deadbolt locks if you don’t already have them. If you have deadbolt locks, check the screws on your strike plate. They should be at least 2-inch wood screws drilled deep into the wooden door frame. This reduces the likelihood someone can kick your door open. Consider removing hidden convenience keys around your home. Burglars look for these hidden keys under doormats, rocks and plants near the front door.

In addition, if you are considering investing in a home security system, many insurance companies offer discounts which can frequently offset the cost. Check with your insurance company to find out if they offer a discount.