As families are taking vacations, criminals are looking for crimes of opportunity.

Police departments across western Massachusetts are urging residents to remember to lock up their homes if they plan on traveling. 

According to the U.S Department of Justice, burglary rates rise in the summer, when homeowners are more likely to be on vacation, often forgetting security measures.

Several Hampshire County homes have been targeted by burglars just this past month.

“If you see something, say something; call 911,” Chesterfield Police Sergeant Jeff Fish told 22News. “We just urge everyone to look out for one another in these neighborhoods.”

Here are some ways to keep your home safe, this summer:

  • Tell your neighbors if you plan to travel. 
  • Lock your doors and windows. 
  • Be cautious on social media: don’t announce your vacations.

The Department of Justice found that you’re 26 percent more likely to be robbed in the summer.  So, don’t let burglars know your home is empty.