As summer time is upon us, many folks have plans to visit relatives, travel overseas or are simply planning a family fun trip not too far from home. Keep these crime prevention tips in mind:

When leaving the house for an extended time, call the Sheriff’s Office to be put on our vacation watch list at 850-892-8111. Deputies will perform security checks while you are away.

Indoor and outdoor lights should be on automatic timers.

Do not share details of your travel plans on social media websites.

Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house.

Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Keep hedges and bushes around your home trimmed.

Contact the post office to stop mail as well as your local newspaper to hold deliveries.

If you have a home alarm system, contact them to let them know of your travel plans and leave a number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

If you have a pet, make sure they are properly cared for while you are away.

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