Reports of "ladder bandits" started coming into the police department in late 2013, and most often it's the victim's own ladder, or one from their neighbor's yard, that's used in the home break-in.
"Check with your alarm monitor to see if your second story entrance is, whether it's a door or a window, you know has a forced entry detector on it," said Lt. Todd Joyce, a police spokesman. "Secure your ladder in a garage if you can. If not, secure it to a fixed object like some type of cable lock or something like that."
Joyce said the department also offers a free security survey service, where an officer can come to your home, check out entry ways, and advise on how to better protect the home.
You can call police at (910) 433-1833 to schedule that survey.