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Prosecutor’s Office offers burglary prevention tips ahead of holiday season

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LAWRENCE, Ind. (November 4, 2015) - Many families plan on traveling during the holiday season. But, while houses sit empty they can easily become targets for burglars. A crime prevention forum happening Wednesday night aims to provide tips to homeowners to keep their properties safe.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office is hosting the forum at the Lawrence Government Center, 9001 E. 59th Street, from 6 to 7 p.m.  Deputy Prosecutor Daphne Whitmire will lead the discussion.

Whitmire shared some burglary prevention tips on FOX 59 Morning News. She encourages homeowners to get timers for their lights so a house looks occupied even when a family is out of town. Whitmire also suggests keeping your lawn maintained  deters criminals.

The Prosecutor's Office sharing a strong warning to residents about posting gifts to social media.  A social media post about a pricey, new product can act as an advertisement for criminals, Whitmire said. Plus, she warns about "checking in" while on vacation since it lets many people know you're not at home.