Vacation Do's and Don'ts

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- People have their minds set on the long holiday weekend. Before you leave town, there are some things you need to do to make sure your personal items are still there when you get back.

Harrisonburg Police said break-ins are common during long vacations. Its best to make yourself a checklist before you leave.

Sara Kinas is going home this Memorial Day weekend. She said she asks a friend to check on her home.

"I always make sure my doors are locked and my windows are locked too. It's pretty nice that I live on the third floor here at Sunchase. So it feels pretty safe but I always double check, lock the doors and the balcony doors as well," said Kinas.

Police suggest that you don't publicize your vacation too much online. Especially sending messages on Facebook and Twitter.

"Not only do your friends read that but sometimes people who are looking to rob you or steal and break into your house will read that cause they know somebody's not home," said Sgt. Grubbs.

Sgt. Grubbs said when going away you should have your lights on a timer to show somebody is home. He said to leave your curtains or blinds the way they normally are.

Ed Steele said when he goes on vacations, he asks neighbors for help.

"Sometimes if we leave on a day that we put our trash out we'll ask the neighbors to put our trash cans back behind that hose for us so it doesn't look like they are just sitting out there in the street," said Steele.

If you have a security alarm at your home, tell the company to contact somebody when you're out of town. You can also tell the post office and newspaper to stop delivery for a few days.

Police said one of the biggest giveaways that you are on vacation is social media. Officers suggest you limit what you post online while you are away.

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