(WVLT)- According to the F.B.I, a home burglary occurs every 14 seconds in the U.S, and the majority happen during daylight hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
"This house, the bushes are very neat, you can see between the garages there is a motion sensor light," says Mike Fleenor. "They got 'em where you can't hide behind them."
Mike Fleenor takes security seriously...and if you don't want to become a victim, so do you.
Mike suggests a home security system as the best protection, but there are several small things you can do around the house to deter a break-in.
"If you can make your house not a target, they will go somewhere else," Fleenor says.
That means although you're gone, it shouldn't look that way.
"This house has a pretty big street light, which is a good idea," he said.
Leave your lights on timers,blinds open, garage door shut, and bushes trimmed.
"At night it would be nothing for someone to stand behind that bush and work on that window and nobody would know a thing," Fleenor says.
You'll also want to have someone pick up your mail and newspapers... leaving them lie in the driveway is a dead-giveaway that no one's home.
"If you're going on vacation try to think of what it looks like when you're not on vacation and make it look the same," Fleenor says.
Even if you are home, maybe you're in the backyard, lock your doors then, too.
"Don't let your guard down," says Fleenor.
Don't leave ladders outside, and if you have a shed, lock it up...
"Sometimes people will leave ladders in there and if people break in the little building that doesn't have any lock on it, then they can get in second floor windows," he says.
Remember, protecting yourself is always more important than protecting your "stuff". So, if you find yourself in a bad situation... seek help immediately.