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Harlan Police will watch homes for people on vacation

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Warmer temperatures mean it is time for family vacations, but some thieves use that time to break into homes while families are away.

The Harlan City Police Department wants to make sure every family has a vacation to remember. Police are offering a "vacation service" to keep your home safe while you are away.

"We want our residents to be able to go out of town and have a relaxing and enjoyable vacation and while they're out of town on vacation, we don't want them to worry about the safety and security of their homes," said Sgt. Matt Cope.

He and all of the other Harlan City Police officers will keep an eye on people's homes while they are out of town.

"We do believe it will deter crime and thieves in the community," said Sgt. Cope.

He says crime increases in the summer months while people go on vacations.

"With social media these days, a lot of people post pictures while they're out of town and this or that and people do know they're out of town and their homes may become a target," Sgt. Cope said.

With the vacation service, all officers on each shift will know who is out of town and keep an eye on the homes.

To sign up for the service, all you have to do is go to the Harlan City Police Department and fill out a form. An officer will also meet with you to discuss your home and give some security tips for while you are away.

"We do hope this will decrease the chance of any burglary or vandalism at these residences and we at the Harlan Police Department are excited to begin offering these services to our residents," Sgt. Cope said.

They hope it will keep the thieves away from Harlan this summer.


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