Officials say the summer is a prime time for burglaries, but authorities in Headland are helping keep watch when you head out for that fun in the sun.
As many area residents make plans for a nice little get away this summer, criminals are doing the same, except their plans are how they can break into our homes.
That's why officials are urging residents to take extra precautions this summer.
Headland resident Helen Woods visits her daughter in Pensacola every couple of months and says she's delighted to hear of a program that's helping keep the criminals out. "I think it's great. I really do because you know, I'm a widow and I'm 85 years old."
Headland Police say the summer heat brings on more burglaries. But a program they have is helping keep the crime down.
"It's called Vacation House Check; it's a residential check for citizens that go on vacation or maybe away from their home for awhile," said Chief Mark Jones with the Headland Police Dept.
Chief Jones says the program has been active since 2005. He says it is a good way to give homeowners a sense of security in a time when they should be worry-free.
"Each officer, when he comes on his shift for duty will drive by this residence and check it twice during their shift, each officer," Chief Jones explained.
Chief Jones hopes the program will catch those in the act and keep residents like Woods feel more at ease.
There is no cost to have your home watched while you are away.
If you are going on vacation and would like more information on how to have your home protected, contact the Headland Police Department at 334-693-2222.
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