Police: Don't let burglars ruin your holiday vacation

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

DIBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - This holiday season a lot of people will travel out of town to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. But those happy reunions can be spoiled by home burglars. Police say home burglaries increase this time of year, because thieves seize your vacation as an opportunity to strike.

For many people, the holiday season is a convenient time to leave home to visit with out-of-town friends and family. D'Iberville police say, unfortunately, the holidays can also be convenient for burglars to break-in. Officers say homeowners should keep in mind that thieves are watching and waiting to advantage of their extended absence.

"If you have newspapers piled up outside your house, somebody driving by knows that nobody's home because nobody is picking up the newspapers," said Detective Terry Hines. "That's why it's important to have your newspapers turned off while you're gone or have your neighbor pick them up."

Officers say while piles of mail is a sign that no one is home, there are ways to fool thieves into thinking someone is in the house.

"You know you might want to get a light on a timer to make it look like there's somebody at home," Detective Hines said. "Have someone you trust to drive by and check on your home, make sure it's okay while you're out of town."

D'Iberville police say people should cut down high bushes, lock windows and doors and if possible, get an alarm.

Detective Hines said, "If you can set your alarm and if someone does do something to your house, the alarm company is going to contact you. It might just deter somebody from going in your house or your car if you have your car with a car alarm."

Officers say a car in the driveway can become a way inside the house for a thief.

"A lot of people, they take one vehicle when they go on vacation and leave the other vehicle at the house," he said. "A lot of times they forget to take the garage door opener out of that other vehicle, and that could leave easy access to the home. All they have to do is open the garage door and walk right in."

D'Iberville police say there has been an increase in car burglaries in that city involving mostly unlocked cars. Officers say be sure to always lock you doors, and don't leave any valuables in plain sight.

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