If you’re leaving for the break, listen up: In light of a marked increase in local break-ins, police say prep the house to make it look like you’re not away.
Speaking at a crime prevention workshop last week, Town of Mamaroneck police urged residents to create a “vacation plan” that includes steps like putting house lights on timers and stopping mail and newspapers. Alerting neighbors to your departure is another wise move, they said.
In addition, the Town also has a “dark house” program that under which residents can notify police that their house is going to be vacant so they can keep a closer eye on it. Residents in other municipalities can request police drive-bys as well.
Holidays, vacations times and summer breaks are burglars’ biggest opportunities, police said.
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