Winnebago County Deputies Conduct Vacation Checks

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) – It’s the time of year when a lot of us pack up the family and go on vacation and now Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies are making sure that when we’re gone on that trip, we don’t fall victim to crime.

The Sheriff’s Department can keep an eye on our homes whether we’re leaving town for a few days or a few months. All we need to do is call the non-emergency line and tell them when we’re leaving, how long we’ll be gone and if anyone else will be checking in on the home. The Sheriff’s Office suggests we set lights on a timer or have motion lights to help deter would-be burglars.

Having been the victim of a burglary myself, it’s a terrible feeling, you feel violated. We don’t want anybody to have to go through that. People work hard to earn the things they have and if we can prevent that stuff from disappearing, then I think we're proving a good service to the community,” said Deputy Chief Scott Meyers.

The city of Rockford plans to roll out a similar program this fall. If you don’t live in Winnebago County, the surrounding counties offer similar vacation checks.

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