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Protect your home from creative crooks

A security expert says for every one creative crook, there are dozens more who take the easy way in. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) A security expert says for every one creative crook, there are dozens more who take the easy way in. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
A Memphis mom came face to face with a burglar who came down the stairs when she came in the house.(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) A Memphis mom came face to face with a burglar who came down the stairs when she came in the house.(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Your safety increases the second your engine is off and the garage door shuts.  (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Your safety increases the second your engine is off and the garage door shuts. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A home has many vulnerable points of entry, and WMC Action News 5 is working to expose how burglars are getting into your homes.

A security expert says for every one creative crook, there are dozens more who take the easy way in.

Close to 34 percent of burglars come in through the front door, and once inside the master bedroom is the first target, followed by the home office, living room, and dining room.
 
But some people are victims of the more creative burglar.

Midtown mom Audrey Davis came home two weeks ago and quickly realized she wasn't the only one there.
 
"Who is in my home? Who is in my home?" Davis says she screamed when she came into her house. "I could hear someone in the home upstairs rustling around."
 
A neighbor had called to say her dog was outside and that something might be wrong.

When Davis raced home from work, she came face to face with a burglar who came down the stairs when she came in the house.

"I've got kids, children, kids man," Davis told the burglar.

Davis' partner, K.T., believes the thief unscrewed the mail slot, slid his arm through the opening, and unlocked the door.
 
"He just unscrewed the plate, popped it off, and reached his arm in," says Davis.

"They do tend to find ways that are creative," says ADT District Sales Manager Stephane Alexandre.
 
Alexandre says creative crooks are the new norm, and that finding a way into your home is easier than ever.

"They might use some universal garage door openers, and just go down the street to see what might open," says Alexandre.

In the past year, more than 90 Memphis families reported their homes broken into through the garage.

WMC Action News 5 Investigators found a Mud Island homeowner who says in just seconds, while she and her husband were taking groceries into the house, a thief ransacked their cars taking a laptop and a GPS system.
 
"I was pretty shocked, but Mud Island is pretty safe,” she says.

Your safety increases the second your engine is off and the garage door shuts. You can also buy a shield for your garage door's quick release button keeping burglars from easily triggering the lever, or program one of those new garage remotes with a four digit security code so there's no universal opener.
 
"Burglars are not confrontational, they are looking for an easy target," says Alexandre.

You should also protect your basement windows which often don't have an alarm.

Make sure those windows are visible and not hidden by shrubs.

Consider putting bars on them or at the very least security film on the glass.

Because home security isn't just about protecting your stuff, it's about keeping your family safe.

Copyright 2015 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

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