READING, Pa. - Burglars are on the prowl this summer, and you may be inviting the thieves inside your home without knowing it.
According to police, burglaries spike this time of year, and many times the crook does not need to use force to get inside.
"Yeah, it's frustrating. It's upsetting," said Bryce Matthews, who has fallen victim to a burglar.
Matthews had thousands of dollars worth of equipment and tools stolen from his home in West Reading last month.
"I take care of properties for people. So, taking my tools, now I got to go replace them," said Matthews.
According to state police, burglaries skyrocket in the summer.
"Burglars will break into your house using force but make it harder for them, lock all the doors and all the windows," said Trooper David Beohm, Pennsylvania State Police.
Most burglaries happen during the day while residents are at work or on vacation, said police.
"Don't tell people that you're not going to be home. Don't broadcast that," said Beohm, who added that includes social media.
A message posted on your Facebook page or Twitter account saying you're on vacation can be an invitation into your home.
Some residents in Reading said their neighborhood was hit by thieves recently. Now, they're making sure their property is secure.
"I have an ADT security system and I lock my gate because I'm really protective over my family," said Angel Lopez.
The outside of your home could also attract or discourage a burglar. An overgrown lawn or wild shrubs can help hide a burglar, and it can give them an impression the home is vacant or an easy target.
Police said neighbors need to be vigilant. Pay attention to people and vehicles in your neighborhood.
If you fall victim, police said the sooner you call 911, the greater chance that your possessions will be recovered.
Allentown, PA 18102