ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – State Farm Insurance is warning that July is a top month for home thefts, likely because so many of us are away from home on vacation.

Spokesman Jim Camoriano says Missouri ranks 15th, with 2,100 claims last year. Illinois is the 4th highest with 5,500 claims. He has a few tips to avoid becoming a victim.

“Your gone on vacation and enjoying the sun, and our with your family,” Camoriano says. “Just make sure that you keep those personal items from being displayed in the windows. Don’t let daily deliveries pile up, that’s another thing.”

Camoriano says anytime you have valuables displayed, it’s an invite for burglars that walk by. He adds deadbolts are good, and so are smart devices that let you check your home with your phone.

Do not broadcast on social media that you are away.

In order to make the claims process easier, he suggests making a photo inventory of everything in your home and keep it stored in the cloud.

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