In Opelika, a homeowner told police that a burglar broke in using the doggy door. This is one of several break ins or attempted break in this holiday week. With homeowners going out of town for the holiday News Three spoke to Columbus police who provide an additional security method to keep your home safe.
Homeowners who will be gone for any length of time can call Columbus police to have them check on your house when you're away. Police Captain J.D. Hawk says homeowners should also practice several safety methods for the holidays.
"You really don't want to advertise that you're going out of town," says Captain Hawk of the Columbus Police Department. He says homeowners can do many things before leaving for vacation.
"You can stop your newspapers, get somebody to check your mail, and somebody to check your house while you're gone," says Hawk.
Burglars are getting creative like breaking into homes through a doggy door. Columbus Police say homeowners should make sure they prepare their house before they go.
"You have to try and plan before you leave and just don't go off and leave a house without planning, without putting lights on, closing your garage doors, and locking up your utility sheds," says Hawk. He also says burglars use different methods to see if homeowners are away.
"Some will just come up and knock on your door to see if they get an answer. They'll look for newspapers in the yard or things that make your house appear like somebody's gone," says Hawk. He says the number one thing you can do is plan ahead to protect your residence.
Captain Hawk says the home check service is not fail proof because officers can only drive by your home if time permits. He urges homeowners to get a neighbor or friend to check on your home while you're away.
If you are interested in the Police Department's house check service you can call desk services at 706-653-3232 for more information.
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