SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department started a campaign on Thursday called "Night Out Challenge" in an effort to cut back on theft cases by 25 percent. They're even walking street to street to look for any sign of problems.
In addition to neighborhood walk-throughs, officers are handing out flyers to residents with tips and recommendations to help safeguard homes from burglary.
"If you look at the numbers, about 25 percent of our theft cases are crimes of opportunity," said Sgt. Robin Heiden.
The statistics show that someone takes advantage of an unlocked or running car, an open garage or something left on the lawn.
"People walk straight down the road and they'll check every single car door that's parked on the side. And if there does happen to be one that unlocked, they'll open it up," said Officer Steve Hartney.
Hartney also said that a barking dog will prompt potential burglars to avoid your property.
For a full list of ways that you can protect your family, yourself and your home visit SLCPD's Night Out Challenge" website.