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Stealing Opportunity From Intruders

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Going on a vacation for spring break or any other time can be a perfect opportunity for a burglar or thief to break into your home.  So, before leaving your house, make sure to take the little steps to secure your house.

Sgt. John Spragins said there are a number of things you can do, such as locking your doors and securing your windows.

"The main thing is we want to take the opportunity away from them.  So anything you can do around the house to take those opportunities away will help," Spragins said.

He also suggests asking your neighbor to pick up your mail for you.  Some people just cancel their service for the week, but Sgt. Spragins said this is something they look for. 

Trimming your landscape to make the front of your house more visible also helps because burglars look for places to hide.  This can include the bushes or shrubs in front of your home.

Another suggestion Sgt. Spragins had was to leave some lights on around your home.  If you can have your lights set to a timer that would be best so you don't waste any energy.  Also have secondary locking devices.

The police department can also help you out if you're not sure if your house is secure and safe.

Sgt. Spragins said, "There is a whole list of things, but also remember we can do property patrol checks."

If you are interested in having property patrol done while you are away, click here and fill out the form.  Also, an officer would also be more than happy to come to your home and do a home inspection.  They will offer security suggestions.

If you become a victim, be sure to report the incident.  Sgt. Spragins said the police department will do everything they can to get your stolen property back.  However, if you don't have a record of the items stolen, such as pictures or serial numbers, the chances of you getting your belongings back are slim to none.

To register your property Sgt. Spragins suggests using the Leads Online website.  You can log all of your information and you can access it anywhere.  If items are stolen you can print out the list and give it to the police as well as to your insurance company.  This gives you the best opportunity to get your items back.

Taking away the opportunity is the main thing you can do to protect yourself and your home.  Just take a few extra minutes before you leave the house to make sure it is secure.

"We can't do anything about the desire of the criminal or their ability, but one thing we can do it to take their opportunity away.  If you take opportunity away, your chances of becoming a victim decrease tremendously. 

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6