One of the most common types of summertime crime is “non-forced entry,” which is entry into the house through open and unlocked doors and windows.
On hot days it is tempting to leave windows open “for just a minute” while running out on an errand. But you may be gone longer than expected, and it only takes a minute for someone to notice an open-window crime opportunity. Another common summer crime is entry through the back door while residents are in the front yard, and vice versa. When doing yardwork do not leave doors open, as it may become the open invitation to a burglary. Sometimes a burglar will use stealth to enter while you are looking the other way, and some work in pairs, one person engaging you in conversation while the other enters through an open door.