Okaloosa law enforcement officers give holiday safety tips

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM.

"People should not keep boxes of large purchases outside, near their trash cans, for everyone that drives by to see," Bailey said. "They should break them down and put them inside the trash."

Patrolling officers can help, too.

Okaloosa residents can add their home addresses to the Vacation Security Check website and officers will check their homes when possible. Residents should give a one-week notice before their trip and list family, friends and neighbors who might have reason to stop by.  

The Crestview Police Department typically sees a slight increase in property crime during the holiday season, according to Public Information Officer Lt. Andrew Schneider, who suggested several ways to deter would-be criminals.

Tips include:

• "Have adequate exterior lighting; a motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards," a department news release stated.

• Trim trees and shrubs to eliminate hiding spots that would allow potential break-ins.

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