Reno police are dealing with a rash of home burglaries in areas they don't normally see.
Areas like southwest Reno that have traditionally not been targets.
Reno police told us the difficult economy may be behind some of the increase in crime. Most break-ins are happening when people aren't home.
Police have some tips to keep your home safe.
"We look at the outside of the home. How can we prevent crime from the outside first, because that's what burglars look at first. They will drive around an area and look at what is an easy target because burglars want to get in and out," says Donna Robinson of the Reno Police Department.
Police urge homeowners to trim the bushes around their house, so burglars can't hide while they work on a window or door.
Planting rose bushes under your windows also discourages people from breaking in.
Signs that a dog may be inside the house can work in your favor.
These are all things burglars notice, but we may not.
And once you check the outside, officers say do a sweep of the inside.
"Once they get past the outside, the rosebushes, the more difficult you make it for them, the better off you're going to be to prevent someone from getting into your house," says Tim Broadway.
We found out some very simple, inexpensive things you can do to keep criminals from targeting your home.
Chain locks for your doors, timers for your lights and a $12 radio are some of the items.
Tonight on Channel 2 News at 11pm, we'll go into a home with Reno police officers and look at the areas for improvement.