CPD providing courtesy home checks for residents on vacation
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
As Columbus residentscontinue to travel throughout the summer, the police department is providing away to help protect homes from criminals when while the owners are out of town.
If you're planning a tripout of town, you can have a police officer come by and check your home as acourtesy. The service is free of charge, and keeps lawbreakers from creepingaround unoccupied homes.
However, Sgt. Donald Bushsays there are other ways you can fake out criminals to make it seem like younever left home.
"It's another tool,"explains Bush. "You don't want to have newspaper piled up, or the mail piledup. Maybe get a neighbor or somebody to get it. Keep your lawn cut, and othersigns that you're still at the property. And one of the things about having ahouse check, or a business watch, is the police also will come by and checkyour property 24 hours a day."
Bush also says thecourtesy checks are available for all Columbus residents to use. The police departmentjust asks that businesses and homeowners let them know about their tripapproximately two weeks in advance.
To sign up, you can eithercall the police department or head in to their office to fill out thepaperwork.