(WMC-TV) – An increase in the number of home break-ins so far this year has Memphians on edge.
According to the Memphis Police Department, 5,300 homes have been broken into so far in 2012. That is up from this time last year.
Police are warning people that if you do not have an alarm system activated in your home, you could become an easy target.
"There have been a lot of break-ins particularly in east Memphis recently. There's no one that's not being broken into anywhere. There are very few safe places," said Stanley Zitron, Avision Security.
According to Memphis Police, last year there were just over 10,000 reported residential burglaries.
Memphis Police are now warning residents to activate their alarms.
Avision Security President Stanley Zitron says what residents really need are security cameras with a megapixel.
"They give you very clear crystal like pictures that, after the fact, you can go back, zoom in, and you can see the finest of details, small things like a ring or earrings. Everything you need to see," he explained.
And in addition to having good lighting, Memphis police also recommend homeowners take other safety precautions such as making sure their doors and windows are locked and keeping shrubbery trimmed.
Security experts say there is no surefire way to avoid having your home broken into; however, having the proper alarm system does help.