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Experts: Over-prepare when leaving home empty for vacation

Barmel Lyons (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- With summer around the corner, more people are leaving their homes empty and sometimes unprotected.

WGXA spoke with a local security company and law enforcement to find out how you can keep your home safe when you’re trying to kick back and relax on your getaway.

Bibb County Sheriff's Office Investigator Allen Kendrick says lights, locks and alarm systems are not enough to keep a burglar out -- especially when they know a homeowner is gone for vacation.

"People on vacation they are focused on that vacation.. They don't focus on I'm going to leave my home unattended what can I do to protect my home they don't think about that"

Kendrick says it takes less time for someone to break in than you might think.

"It takes a burglary anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute to get in your home," he said.

Thom Phillips, founder of Burglar Alarm Products Security, says its the little things that make the difference when it comes to home safety.

Phillips advises having someone pick up your mail and papers, use timers on lights, leave a car in the driveway and assess your home from a burglar's point of view.

"Walk 50 feet away from your house and look at it and pretend that you are the burglar and think how would you do it," he said.

It even comes down to where you hide your key. Allison McMenamy, CEO of BAP Security, says no hiding place is the best hiding place.

Phillips says being overly prepared is the best way to ensure your home, your memories and your family is always safe.

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