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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

As Columbus residents continue to travel throughout the summer, the police department is providing a way to help protect homes from criminals when while the owners are out of town.

If you're planning a trip out of town, you can have a police officer come by and check your home as a courtesy. The service is free of charge, and keeps lawbreakers from creeping around unoccupied homes.

However, Sgt. Donald Bush says there are other ways you can fake out criminals to make it seem like you never left home.

"It's another tool," explains Bush. "You don't want to have newspaper piled up, or the mail piled up. Maybe get a neighbor or somebody to get it. Keep your lawn cut, and other signs that you're still at the property. And one of the things about having a house check, or a business watch, is the police also will come by and check your property 24 hours a day."  

Bush also says the courtesy checks are available for all Columbus residents to use. The police department just asks that businesses and homeowners let them know about their trip approximately two weeks in advance.

To sign up, you can either call the police department or head in to their office to fill out the paperwork.

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