Protect Your Home From Holiday Burglars

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With the holiday season here, so is the increased threat of home burglaries.

"I'm always locking my door and looking out to see who's going down the street," said Tallahassee resident Nancy Munson.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is checking neighborhoods and homes where residents may be on vacation.

"If there's damage, screen off, cracked window, it'll be noted in the 10-90 check," said DET Doris Mueller, who spent Tuesday morning doing home checks.

While it's up to residents to secure their homes, many say they welcome the extra eyes.

"This time of year is more prone for people to get a little more adventurous and a little more greedy, so it’s always a good thing to have more patrol out," said Tallahassee resident Olga Williams.

Munson says she's glad to see deputies roaming the neighborhoods.

"I think it’s great. We need that for our neighborhoods for our neighbors to feel safe and I think that makes the community safer knowing our deputies are out and about."

The Leon County Sheriff's Office reminds vacationers to check locks, windows and screens, have the lawn kept up, stop mail and newspapers and leave on lights, a TV or radio to make it appear that someone is home.

To request a home check, call the Leon County Sheriff's Office at (850) 922-3300.