Coming home from a fun vacation can be depressing. However, coming back and finding something has gone wrong in your house can make the return even more miserable.
From 2006 to 2011, burglaries dropped in the area, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting statistics from the FBI. Police suggest people leaving for vacation do their best to make sure their properties have not been abandoned while they are gone.
Friends, family and neighbors can play key roles in keeping thieves at bay, said Cpl. Hope Able, public information officer for the Beaufort Police Department.
Able suggested cutting shrubs short before leaving so there are less places to hide and so neighbors and friends can see around the house easier.
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Many agencies, including Beaufort and Bluffton police departments, also offer property checks. In Beaufort, residents fill out a form at the department that contains basic information. The police, then, monitor the house until the residents return.
Sgt. Donald Chandler, who is on the neighborhood services unit for the Bluffton Police Department, said police check the property a couple times a day or during the night to make sure everything is normal.
"We don't offer any guarantees by any means," Chandler said. "If we find something, we call the owner and let them know."
Able also suggested giving a friend or family member a key in case something does happen.
"That way, if we do need to get in, we can get in touch with someone with a key who is in town," she said.
Chandler said not very many people use the property check service in Bluffton, but many departments offer it.
"It's a good service that people don't take advantage of," he said.