Christmas is almost here. Presents are under the tree and many are getting ready to head out of town. But when you leave, how safe is your home. There are some simple ways to secure your house over the holidays.
"Lock up when we leave and hope for the best. Maybe leave the television on, maybe lights that type of thing," said Joe Carroll.
"Most important is our Neighborhood Watch. We all watch out for each other," said Dana Collins.
Everyone has their own way of protecting their home, but Sergeant Tom Wyatt says you should be on your toes over the holidays.
"Due to the fact that they do have Christmas gifts in the home, burglars will see that and they will make the home owner more of a target," said Sgt. Wyatt with the Johnson County Sheriff Department.
If you plan to be away from home this season, Wyatt say to set your lights on timers, have a neighbor check on your home, contact your newspaper and mail carriers so your mail does not pile up, if you have an alarm don't forget to set it, and be sure to lock all doors and windows.
Wyatt says over the holidays law enforcement will be monitoring neighborhoods.
"Our sheriff has beefed up our patrols. The Johnson County Sheriff deputies will be out in full force over the holidays," Sgt. Wyatt said.
Wyatt says if your home is broken into, having an inventory of your belongings with serial numbers can help.
If you plan to go out of town, Wyatt says you can contact local law enforcement to help ensure your neighborhood stays safe.