Created: 05/09/2014 7:13 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Commander Harold Medina with APD’s property crimes division says he sees it a lot during summer break.
“Time and time again during the course of the summer parents go off to work and the leave their teenage kids alone at home,” Medina said.
Medina says if someone breaks in, a lot of teens don't know what to do.
He says it’s common for them to contact their parents, friends, or even social media before calling 911.
Police say if you cannot get out of the house, find a safe place to hide and call 9-1-1.
Police say a common mistake among teens is letting strangers know they are alone.
“Just making that announcement: my parents are not available we are not interested,” Medina said.
Medina says teens shouldn't answer the door, but they should make noise like turning up the TV.
The goal is to let a potential intruder know someone is home.