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OCPD Conducting Home Security Checks for Residents

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City becomes pretty desolate during the off-season, putting some unoccupied homes at risk. For this, police encourage residents to register their home under the agency's Residential Security Check Program as a crime prevention measure.

When Genia Burton is not home in Delaware, she is visiting her second home on the bayside in Ocean City. Like most part-time residents, Burton travels back and forth throughout the year. She said the neighborhood gets a little empty during the winter.

"Well, no one is around and the houses are not always lit up when they're left empty and you can tell by looking at the driveway that no one is there," Genia Burton said.

At the request of the homeowner, Ocean City Police are keeping an eye on homes without people in them. It is all part of their Residential Security Check Program, where officers stop by twice a week to make sure doors and windows are secure.

"It just gives the homeowners peace of mind that someone is looking after their home while they're away,” said Lindsay Richard, a spokesperson for the agency.

Richard says 220 burglaries were reported last year. In 2013, 156 burglaries were reported. So far, three burglaries for 2015 are on record. That is compared to 28 incidents around the same time last year.

"There's still going to be people who break in and do nasty things," said Sally Seibold, who has lived on the bayside for eight years. Seibold said homeowners could help police by helping themselves.

 "It's also the owners responsibility to come and check on their homes from time-to-time," Seibold said.

 Homeowners can sign up for free by calling the Ocean City Police Department at 410.723.6610 or by visiting the agency's website at www.ocpdmd.com.
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