Independence Day is tomorrow and several Elbert County residents have, or are planning to be out of town over the holiday weekend.
Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews has some advice on how to prevent becoming the victim of vandalism or a burglary while you are away from your home.
“Leave information where you can be contacted in an emergency with a trusted neighbor and ask them to keep an eye on your house, put automatic timers on several lights and a radio, set them so they will turn on and off at random times, and do not leave light son twenty-four hours a day”, said Andrews.
Sheriff Andrews mentions some other tips for you to keep in mind once you reach your vacation destination.
“Carry traveler’s checks instead of large amounts of cash, never lreave your keys in an unattended car, lock packages and valuables in the truck of the car, travel in pairs or groups if possible, and pay attention to your surroundings.”, advised Andrews. “Should you see anything suspicious call 911.”
He says if you are the victim of a crime while out of town, to call 911 immediately, as all crimes have to be reported in the jurisdiction in which they occurred.
Along with these tips, Andrews encourages that everyone buckle up while traveling, and to not drink and drive at all.