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Safeguard your home before you head out for Valentine's Day dinner

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - When you head out the door for your Valentine's Day date, you leave your home empty and prey for thieves.

Maj. Randy Robertson with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office says many people don't think of Valentine's Day as primetime for burglars and leave their houses without taking precautions.
 He says of course, always lock your doors, and leaving a light on could help deter anyone looking to take your valuables.

"Make sure all your outdoor lights are on," he says, "so that if you're not there and somebody does come on your property, your neighbors can see them and be able to identify them."

He also suggests telling a neighbor who will be at home that you are going out so they can be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. "A large portion of crimes are solved by citizens," he says, "so as long as our citizens and our neighbors and our friends are always alert, then thieves will be less likely to break into your home knowing that neighbors are watching."

But Maj. Robertson's main advice is use common sense. He says, "We advise citizens to do the same thing they do everyday of the year. Secure your home, secure your valuables. If you have a security system at home, make sure it's armed."

As the date night begins, law enforcement will be out keeping the streets safe as well. Make sure you monitor how many glasses of wine you drink if you will be driving, and call a cab if you and your date have had too many.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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