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Summer vacation home safety tips

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CARBONDALE --  If you plan on leaving town for a vacation this summer, there's a few things to keep in mind before you leave.

Making sure your home is secure will keep your things safe and leave you with peace of mind. 

As we prepare for the summer season, many of us have our minds set on that vacation planned for the middle of July.

Leaving home for several days can worry homeowners about the safety of their property. That's why police encourage you to plan ahead, and lock up.

Officer Randy Mathis, with the Carbondale Police Department, encourages homeowners to plan far in advance before leaving for a vacation. Making sure every lock in your home is fully functional is a great place to start.

"They really need to check their security features before they go on the trip," he said. "Right as they walk out the door is not the time to remember that, 'Oh, I need to fix this deadbolt, or I need to fix this latch. Or I need to need to re-secure this door frame.'"

Mathis said to check all windows and doors before leaving and to make sure any possible entry point is fail-proof for a break-in. He said people will enjoy their vacations a lot more knowing their things at home are safe.

"Don't ruin your time away and your vacation by having to receive a call from us saying that a burglary happened," Mathis said. "Having all this work done before hand will help you enjoy your vacation a little bit better."

Mathis said it's best to have someone checking in on your home daily throughout your vacation. He said the best way to protect your home from criminals while you're away is to make them think somebody is home.

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