- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - Harlan County police are trying to help residents enjoy their summer vacations by giving them a little extra peace of mind.

WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/1mV29H5) reports the police department has started offering a service in which officers will keep an eye on homes while residents are vacationing.

Sgt. Matt Cope says all people have to do to sign up for the service is fill out a form. Officers will also be able to give out security tips.

“We want our residents to be able to go out of town and have a relaxing and enjoyable vacation and while they’re out of town on vacation, we don’t want them to worry about the safety and security of their homes,” he said.

Cope says with the service, all officers will know who is out of town so they’ll be able to keep a closer watch on empty homes.

He says he hopes the service will cut down on the number of items stolen over the summer.

“With social media these days, a lot of people post pictures while they’re out of town and this or that and people do know they’re out of town and their homes may become a target,” Cope said. “We do hope this will decrease the chance of any burglary or vandalism at these residences and we at the Harlan Police Department are excited to begin offering these services to our residents.”

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Information from: WYMT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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