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Published June 05, 2013, 11:30 PM

Police offer safety tips for vacationers

FARGO – The Fargo Police Department has released the following crime prevention tips for those leaving town this summer:

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

FARGO – The Fargo Police Department has released the following crime prevention tips for those leaving town this summer:

• Lock your doors and windows.

• Make your home look occupied.

• Connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.

• Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or fliers to build up. Arrange with the post office to hold your mail, or have a friend or neighbor collect it regularly.

• Arrange for your lawn to be mowed.

• Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary. Make sure you have deadbolt locks on all outside doors, and lock them.

• Brace sliding glass doors.

• Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other secret hiding places.

• Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions for free on myproperty.cityoffargo.

com.

• Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.

• Install good exterior lighting such as motion sensor lights.

• Don’t announce your absence on answering machine messages.

• Consider installing a burglar alarm system.

• Notify a trusted neighbor or Neighborhood Watch Group of your absence so they can report suspicious behavior.

• Notify your beat sergeant of your absence and request extra patrol.

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