Burglars finding new ways to target homes as weather warms up

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Mon, July 7 2014 at 6:08 PM, Updated: Wed, July 9 2014 at 11:32 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Burglars are finding ways to target homes by using the weather to their advantage.

As more people leave their windows and doors open it's an open invitation for thieves.

"This is the time of year when people do use their windows open for that fresh air and that's going to be when burglars strike," Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

Budreau said as the weather warms up, burglaries go up too.

"The access points we see from burglars are typically the same. It's usually going to be a door or a window to the rear of the residence," said Budreau.

Motion sensored lights and trimming the bushes in front of your windows can help you to avoid becoming a hot target for criminals.

"Burglars like to hide behind something to work on an access point into the home," Budreau said.

Things to keep in mind even if you have windows open in the middle of the day. Because as police and victims know burglars can strike at anytime, day or night.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

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