Police: Follow these tips to keep your house safe if you are traveling

The Clarkstown Police Department is giving tips to residents who are traveling this holiday to keep their home and belongings safe.
They say follow these simple tips to help prevent your home from being burglarized:
• Keep your yard clean, prune shrubbery so windows and doors can be seen
• Remove objects from your yard that burglars can use to access your home
• Be sure to lock all doors and windows, including pet doors
• Close curtains or blinds
• Use timers on interior lights when you are away from home, even if you're going out for a short time
• Have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home, collect any mail and packages
• Consider sharing photos of your trip once you get home