Tips to not become a victim of summertime crime

Tips to not become a victim of summertime crime
Summer is a time where a lot of families hit the road and reunite with their families, but this means leaving their home unprotected. (Source: WALB)
Traditionally, this is when crime is also on the rise. (Source: WALB)
Traditionally, this is when crime is also on the rise. (Source: WALB)
Sheriff Kevin Sproul (Source: WALB)
Sheriff Kevin Sproul (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the weather starts to get warmer, the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office said traditionally summertime is when crime is on the rise.

Summer is a time where a lot of families hit the road and reunite with their families.

But this means leaving their home unprotected.

"It opens up your home to be burglarized and your car to be broken into," said Sheriff Kevin Sproul.

If you do leave your home for any period of time, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office recommends giving them a call.

"We'll actually watch or help watch that property while you're gone. That's a service that the sheriff's office provides for their counties," said Sproul.

They also recommend letting a neighbor or family member get your mail so suspicious people don't have an idea that you're gone.

"Make sure you have people doing that. Also, have nosey neighbors, have nosey relatives that keep an eye on your place," said Sproul.

And one of the number one mistakes people make once they are out of town is posting to social media.

"People putting things out there like 'hey I'm out here on a cruise in the Bahamas,'" said Sproul.

Now, most of the time people normally post pictures out of excitement but deputies say you should think twice.

"You've just let everybody in the world know where you're at and how long the house is going to be vacant," said Sproul.

Overall, just think smart and be aware of your surroundings.

"You know when there are suspicious vehicles coming through and they are motoring real slowly and quietly. So just be on the lookout," said Sproul.

By following these tips, the sheriff's office said this will significantly decrease your chances of being a victim of crime this summer.

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