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Local law enforcement warn of spring time break-ins

Don't let Easter thieves put all your valuables in their basket this holiday season.

Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer says home break-ins spike when the weather starts to get nice and on Easter weekend.
To deter thieves, Fischer says it's wise to keep valuables out of sight and install light timers in your home. Another tip, turn down the ringer on your home phone. Fischer says a loud, unanswered phone is a tip-off you're not home.

"You may be able to hear it through a window or outside," Fischer said. "You might want to turn that down. Some people have the ability to forward it to their mobile phone, so that way if somebody is outside and listening and seeing that its not being answered would lead you to believe that no one is home."
But the biggest thing Fischer says you can do to prevent becoming a victim is not to post any travel information on social media.

"It'd probably be a wise idea not to advertise if you're leaving because there are a lot of people that will be monitoring that and it's a perfect way for them to go on and see when people are leaving for vacation or gone over the weekend.  You make yourself an easy target," Fischer said.

Fischer says if you're headed out of town and want extra security while you're gone, the Adams County Sheriff's Office will patrol your neighborhood for free.
Just call the Adams County Sheriff's Office at 217-277-2200 to sign-up.

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