Break-ins increase at the end of the year, secure your home before you go out of town

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- Thousands of people will pack their bags and head out of town this holiday season. Before you rush out the door make sure your place is secure. You don’t want to come back to an empty home.

Hundreds of ECU students are days away from winter break.

ECU senior Giovanni Triana said, “Leaving the semester behind is one of the most anticipated parts of the year.”

Triana is just one final away from a month of no school.

Students aren’t the only ones heading out the door this holiday season. Thousands of people will leave town to see family and friends. Before you do, leave some lights on, tell a friend, and of course lock your door.

“I think anytime you got somebody who’s looking out for you whether it be us or your neighbors or whatever, it adds an extra layer of security,” Lt. Kip Gaskins with the Pitt County Sheriff’s office said.

There’s a rise in break-ins towards the end of the year. To help keep that number down both the Pitt County Sheriff’s office and the Greenville Police Department have vacation house check programs.

Greenville Police Department Detective Adam Smith said, “An officer will actually be dispatched out there daily, they’ll come out they’ll get out of their car and they will check your home they’ll get out actually of the vehicle, and they’ll walk around usually check the home pull on doors.”

While officers are always there to help, make sure you do your part as well.

“If you buy something new don’t advertise your purchase, such as when you buy a new TV don’t put the box on the road to be picked up,” Smith said.

If you want your house checked while your out of town, give your local law enforcement agency a call.

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