As you head out on vacation this summer, you can take the time to relax, but take a few steps to discourage crooks from seeing you as a target.  Break-ins while on vacation can ruin your memories if you return to a ransacked house, so a local police chief is offering some tips to try and stack the deck in your favor.

East Alton Police Chief Darren Carlton tells the Big Z there are some simple things you can do to make your house look occupied while you're gone.

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Carlton says if you tell your local police you will be out of town, many times they will conduct extra patrols by your place until you return.  They also suggest holding off on posting your photos to social media until you return home. 


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