Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 --- 6:24 p.m.
People are packing up and heading out for Memorial Day weekend.
With empty houses throughout the city, it's also a burglar's score.
"You want to make your home look like somebody's there," said Joel DeSpain of Madison Police Department.
Come Friday, highways will be packed, and houses empty.
"A lot of the most recent burglaries we've seen are accessing homes through attached garages. So it's really important for people to keep the door between the house and the garage locked," said DeSpain.
Keep garage door openers out of sight, and out of any cars kept at home.
"The car is parked outside the garage and they use the garage door opener to get into the garage and into the house," said DeSpain.
NBC 15 spoke to garage door expert who suggests pulling the electric plug in the outlet for the garage door opener. You can also unhook the garage door latch manually.
"It's a really good idea to have good bonds with your neighbors. If you have people in your neighborhood that don't really fit in, somebody suspicious, call us right away," said DeSpain.
If you're that friendly neighbor staying home, know what to look for.
"They'll see somebody go to the front door, knock on the door, see that nobody's home, and then walk around to the back of the house. That's a pretty clear sign that home's about to be burglarized," said DeSpain.
Calling authorities right away could make all the difference.
"We found now twice this week, we had citizens that called us, we were able to get in, and basically arrest people as burglaries are in process," said DeSpain.
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