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LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Every year when the weather turns warm, reports of car break-ins and home burglaries rise.

The Lucas County Sheriff's Office is warning residents on what to do if going on vacation.

"Don't advertise that you're going away," said Sgt. Robert Boggs.

Boggs says residents shouldn't post on social media that they're going to be gone. They should make it look like someone's home by using timed lights or leaving a car in the driveway. But do let neighbors know you'll be gone.

"They'll drive up and down the roads, walk around, they'll see that no one's there or they'll notice that after a couple of days, if you haven't stopped your paper, there's a couple papers in front of your house," Boggs said.

The Sheriff's Office says one reason crime goes up with warm weather is because thieves won't leave footprints in the snow.

They also want residents to know they are available if you need them.

"You can call us here, we'll put your house on a house check," Boggs said. "The patrolman can periodically drive by the house and make sure everything looks alright for you."

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