Wis. Rapids Police step up patrols for Spring Break

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) -- Vacation is supposed to be full of relaxation, however, it may be hard to clear your mind if you’re nervous about your home while you’re away.

Every year, hundreds of families travel during spring break, leaving their homes unsupervised, but there are a few things you can do to ensure your belongings are protected.

The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department launched a Vacation Watch Program which will provide extra patrols to your area once you notify them you won’t be home. Officer Eric Daven brought the idea to the department and they've received many notifications.

"The biggest thing to do is to notify your neighbors and notifying the police department,” said Officer Daven. "This can be used anytime, not just for spring break, but during summer and winter months, too.”

Local residents like Kathalen Stone say she always looks out for her neighbors because she knows they would do the same. "Everyone says I could be a nosy neighbor, but I like to watch out for my community.”

Although there hasn’t been an increase in home invasions, Officer Daven continues to encourage everyone to make sure their doors and windows are secure and locked. This was advice that lifelong resident Jean Winters also shares with her community.

“At my home when we aren’t there we keep our porch light on. We have motion lights and three dogs,” said Jean.

To notify police about your absence, contact your local police department.