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Police: Burglars Target Spring Breakers
KETTERING-- Like the season, spring break is just around the corner. But before you pack up and head out, police are warning about spring break burglars and how you can avoid being a victim.
"It was very scary... still scary," said visitor to the Miami Valley Jessica Carmack.
Her house was burglarized the last time she was out of town, and she's still shaken up.
"The police and everybody still can't find a reason," she said.
"Now with social media, people putting themselves out on Instagram and Facebook, they can be exposing themselves to something that's not necessarily good," said Ron Roberts, Public Information Officer for the Kettering Police Department.
Police in Kettering say it's all too common for burglars to target spring breakers by checking out social media. They say the biggest mistake you can make is to post your travel plans online.
"I recommend that when you go on vacation or take a trip, that you come back before you post those pictures," Roberts said.
It's not just your online profile, police say the appearance of your house can make it a bulls eye for burglars.
There are some simple steps vacationers can take to make sure burglars don't get inside your home while you're away;
1. Shut blinds and curtains to deter burglars from canvassing your home for pricey items.
2. Put lights on a timer. Potential burglars are looking for lights that are on all day.
3. Have mail and newspapers held until you return from travel.
4. Report any cars that seem to be driving through neighborhoods without a set destination.
"We're just trying to prevent the crime from happening by using common sense," Roberts said.
Kettering Police offer a free vacation home checkup. they will come by your home while you're away to make sure everything's alright.
To sign up or for more information, call the Kettering Police Department at 296-2555.
Miami Valley Crime StoppersIf you have information about a crime that has occurred, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP) 800-637-5735, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.
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