The MI State Police will check on your property if you head south.

For those of you that head south for the winter or know people that do, the Michigan State Police are offering to check up on those homes. Troopers are stepping up to make sure that the properties remain safe while no one is home. This is great news for anyone that places to head south for the winter but is stressed about leaving their home with no one in it.

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When leaving the state for holidays or the winter, Michigan State Police Lt. Derrick Carroll says there are several other things you can do as well to help deter thieves. Motion-activated lights and keeping the curtains and shades closed are some of them.

Make your house appear as if someone is home by arranging to have your driveway plowed and sidewalks cleared...Stop mail service and newspaper delivery. Tell a trusted friend or neighbor you will be gone and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement...said Lt. Derrick Carroll

If you are planning on leaving town for a while or know some one that is, all you have to do is contact the Michigan State Police post that serves their area and inform them of the dates that you will be gone. After giving the address and contact info, troopers will keep a log of the dates and times that they check on your house.

The Michigan State Police posts in Cadillac, Alpena, Gaylord, and Houghton Lake are among those participating. All those posts cover Alpena, Alcona, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.

Source: MLive