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If you are heading far from home and plan to be away for any length of time, who do you have watch your house? Some communities across the QCA have programs in place that have police doing just that, cutting down on crime and upping your peace of mind.

Imagine you're at a fabulous vacation destination. How often do you think about the home you've left behind? Sgt. Chad Brodersen says he's seen it too often in his 15 years with the East Moline Police Department. "We've had people that will go up and knock on doors and solicit home repair. And in all reality, they're just looking to see if individuals are home or not, so they can come back later and break in."

It's why he says officers are happy to watch a home when the homeowner's away, as part of the Security Check program. "Throughout the day and evening and throughout the night, officers will go and check those residences to give them an extra peace of mind and added security. Make sure their doors are locked, the windows aren't broke, there's not vandalism or burglaries."

Always a big concern, but even more so in this computer age. "With social media, Facebook, people posting vacation pictures," Brodersen says, "It's easier nowadays for people to search for individuals that are out of town for extended periods of time."

The program's available all year long, and Brodersen says it works. Sometimes officers will see something suspicious, "They observed an open door or an open window, and we'll get out and conduct a perimeter check of those residences." They've even caught burglars in the act, but most times the extra patrols act as a deterrent. "So the community sees we are out there diligently checking peoples' homes," Brodersen says. Working with the community to keep it safer.

Most local agencies we talked to tell us they have some form of this program. But police in Clinton, Iowa have discontinued theirs.  They say it's a manpower issue, and they don't want to promise a service they can't deliver, recommending homeowners turn to a trusted neighbor or family member.

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