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Safe & Secure: House checks while you're out of town

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It's officially summertime and statistically, home burglaries go up in the summer months because thieves know people are out of town as they look for signs no one is home.

As a community service, many police departments are willing to check on homes when people are on vacation.

Thora and Lynn are volunteers with the Paso Robles Police Department. Among their other duties, they perform house checks once a week. They're the eyes and ears of officers and residents who are out of town.

As they arrived at one home, they pulled out a binder and looked over instructions left by the homeowner.

"This one here says they are remodeling so they want us to watch it," Thora read.

They walked the perimeter of the house, looking for anything out of the ordinary.

"One of the reasons for ringing the doorbell is, if they are back early, they come to the door and every one of them is very thankful that we're doing this service for them," Lynn said.

They made sure windows were closed and all gates and doors were locked. They admitted that there is an occasional false alarm.

"And hopefully, if they have an alarm, they've said something about it so we're not tripping an alarm," Lynn said.

"You get a terrible ribbing back at the station. 'Oh, you guys are off setting off alarms again,'" Thora laughed.

Once they determine nothing is amiss, dispatchers clear them for the next house call.

Contact your local police department to see if they offer house checks.

Click here for tips from officers on how to make it look like someone is home when you're out of town.

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