Warner Robins Police Department warns against heightened number of summertime burglaries
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – For most people the summer months mean school is out and trips to the tropics are in, but summer isn’t all sunshine.
“People go on vacation for the summer. They let the mail pile up in the mailbox, the grass goes uncut and people look and say ‘hey it kinda looks like there’s nobody home’,” said Lt. Jeff McCommon.
Warner Robins Police say working on your tan isn’t the only worry you should have this season because summertime is primetime for burglaries.
“Burglars a lot of times know that summertime people take vacations and holidays people have gifts and valuables,” McCommon said.
McCommon says people who get lax on locking up during those carefree months are an easy target.
“We just ask that you take the same precautions year around and you won’t be caught off guard.”
Crime mapping software helps Warner Robins Police detectives to navigate which crimes happen where.
“Day by day, week by week, you can see if you have an increase in a particular area. That’s where you need to send your resources to work.”
But McCommon says there’s a few ways you can help yourself…starting with no selfie posts letting the world know you’re on vacation.
“Particularly a general wall of your Facebook account, because you’re telling everybody that looks at it basically we’re not home,” he added.
Not leaving any important items out or exposed is another way to stay safe.
“When your away from home close and lock your doors and windows make sure that your curtains and blinds are closed.”
McCommon says following these tips will ensure your summer is just as secure as it is sunny. Warner Robins Police also does house watches by request.
So, if you are going on vacation you can give them a call and they’ll stop by your home a few times a week just to check on it. The department also has a feature on its website that allows you to see where crimes are happening. The link is here