Protecting Your Home While You're Away

Law enforcement says there are things you can do to protect your home.

Summertime, kids are out of school, families go on vacation, and officials say historically there is an increase in residential burglaries, usually involving juveniles.

SGT Steven Harrelson of LCSO says, "Most times the parents are still working and the juveniles are having to find something to do resort to, some kind of criminal activity."

Officials say that most of the time burglars are looking for an easy target, so one of the easiest ways to prevent a break-in is to make your house look lived in.

DEP Cathy Gardner with LCSO says, "If you have newspapers delivered to your home make sure you have that stopped. Make sure, if you have a neighbor that you can trust, talk to that neighbor, let them know that you're going out of town, and have them watch your house for you while you're away and do the same for your neighbor. Return the favor."

DEP Gardner adds that setting a timer so that lights come on at a certain time, or even a radio or television, will make the house look more lived in.

Also make sure to not advertise your vacation and always remember to set your alarm if you have one. Officials add that anyone planning to be out of town for an extended period of time can call the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 850-922-3300. The Sheriff's Office can add extra protection to the home such as driving by to check on the house.