HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – The summer months are the best time for vacations, and with so many of us headed off on our next getaway, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure the safety of your home and the safety of you and your family. your loved ones.
“Don’t let your guard down just because you’re on vacation,” said Gilbert Acciardo, public affairs deputy for the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.
Before you leave home for your next adventure, make sure your house and any cars you leave behind are locked up.
“That should be a given, but sometimes people don’t lock things up,” Acciardo said. “If you have additional vehicles in the driveway, please close them off. You don’t want your house to be a target.”
Acciardo added that your social media posts while on vacation could be a great tool for thieves.
“If you want to take a hundred photos on your vacation, that’s wonderful,” Acciardo said. “Don’t post those photos while you’re there and say, ‘I’m in Florida!’ that’s almost like hanging a sign outside your house that says: ‘Come and break into me, I’m in Florida’”.
Once you’re on vacation, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings.
“Check the area as you go in to make sure you know where the authorities are, if there’s any kind of emergency system, operational system, within the city to familiarize yourself,” said Maggy Monhollen, executive director of the Convention and Corbin Tourism.
Acciardo added that the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office offers a program called “Away From Home Patrols,” where if you tell them you’re going on vacation, they can patrol the area around your home while you’re away.
If you plan to go on vacation, you can contact your local sheriff’s office or police department to see if they offer something similar.
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