The Tucson Police Department is reminding residents that summer is often a time of increased burglaries and thefts because people leave their homes for vacations or summer events.

The department is providing tips to avoid property damage and theft, and is asking people call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Among them: Don't leave an outgoing phone message or post on social media websites saying you're away; be careful about who has keys or access to the property; lock all doors and windows, including those that lead from a garage to the interior of a home, and the doggie door.

Other tips from Tucson Police:
- Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. All windows should have window locks. Sliding glass doors should have a metal rod or piece of wooden dowel in the track, and vertical bolts to prevent lifting the door.
- Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Low-voltage lighting is relatively inexpensive.
- Create the illusion that you are home through the use of timers on lights, radios and TVs.
- Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. They provide concealment for burglars.
- Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not accumulate. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking place, and to open and close curtains and shades to make it appear that you are home.
- Organize or actively participate in a neighborhood watch program. An alert community is a safe community, and your neighbors will be the first ones to recognize when someone or something is out of place. Look out for your neighbors and notify police as soon as possible if you see someone or something suspicious at your neighbor’s house.