PROTECTING YOUR POSSESSIONS: How to stay safe in the summer nights

COLUMBIA CITY — Third shift law enforcement officers see a dramatic change as the weather warms up.From OWIs to vandalism, most officials don’t hesitate to say there is an increase in crime in the summer months. “The kids are out of school and that means some of them are out doing things they aren’t supposed to,” Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Todd Cook. “There’s a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift.“When its 10 degrees below zero and snowing, nobody wants to be outside. When it warms up, the call volume goes up quite a bit.”With more activity at night, what can you do to protect your property and possessions? Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson offers some after-dark safety tips for homeowners.To read the rest of this story, see the May 11 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.