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Heading Out of Town? Make Sure to Tell Police

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - 'Tis the season for travel and thieves know it.

There have already been reports of thieves breaking into homes, stealing packages from the front porches and now there's word a pajama prowler on the run in Church Hill.

Police say a man his plaid PJs was spotted going door to door in the 400 block of North 32nd Street before he broke into a home and stole a couple of laptops.

If you're heading out of town for the holidays you might want to tell police.

The Richmond Police Department offers a service where they will watch your house or your business for you.

"Outside our regular patrol, I think one of the best things the police department offers is a business and house watch program," says Lt. David Naoroz

Naoroz says all you have to do is fill out a house watch request form online or at your local precinct and an officer will cruise by your home or business while you're out of town.

"Give us some information, give us some details like who might have a key if there is an alarm system. It goes out to our patrol units and our patrol units in that area check on your house."

In addition to signing up for the house watch, make sure your home isn't an easy target for thieves.

"Maintenance and care of the outside of your house is really important," Naoroz says. "Making sure that your doors are locked... making sure that your there is a light on with a timer... making sure that you mail is collected."

Richmond's house watch program is not just for holidays. The police department offers this free service all year round.

 

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