Samantha Hayes reporting The problem can be as simple as a light, or a lock.
But Salt Lake City Police say many people are leaving their homes, and themselves, vulnerable to criminals.
If you already have a security system, that is considered very effective. Having a dog is effective as well. But police say your home, is of course different from your neighbor's home..and there may be specific things that make it more attractive to burglars.
Marcos Garaycochea/Salt lake City Police: “The other thing I see that I like is you got the fence over there-that keeps anyone from seeing in the backyard or going back there."
"Inviting" and "atttactive" might be words you want the realtor to use.
But some burglars see your property the same way: A welcome home.
That's why Salt Lake City police will look at your house, and recommend specific improvements.
Marcos Garaycochea/Salt lake City Police: “The biggest problem we see are lights, a lack of lighting, especially motion sensors."
Police also point to back doors and windows-common entry places for criminals.
Marcos Garaycochea/Salt lake City Police: “There are two common windows left open, basement windows and bathroom windows."
Virginia Chamberlain's son is making improvements to her home, including polycarbonate windows. Two men broke in last week, robbing and injuring 75 year old Chamberlain.
Police say, in general, the elderly need to be cautious.
Marcos Garaycochea/Salt lake City Police: “They tend to be more trusting. They leave back doors open, have an open door policy, children, grand children who come in and out of the home."
In addition to lights and other exterior improvements, police say perhaps the best thing you can do...is get to know your neighbors.
Steve Gillespie/Neighbor: “So we just basically let each other know if we are going out, going on vacation, if we are going out of town for a few days and just take care of each other."
You can contact Salt Lake City police for a visit from the community action team.