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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- It's always fun getting out of town.

What isn't fun is coming back to find your home has been broken into.

That's why some police departments offer what they call "vacation checks" or "residence checks". The service is just like it sounds. Officers will check on your home once a day, every day you are out of town.

The Burlington Police Department is one of several local agencies that offer the service.

"We’ll pull up to the residence, get out of the car, walk around, check the doors, windows and see if we see anything out of the ordinary," said Lt. B.L. Currie, with Burlington police.

Vacation checks are free, but there is a limit.

In order to balance other duties, Burlington police will only do checks for up to two weeks at a time. Each resident can only request vacation checks for up to four weeks per year.

Vacation check requests can be made by phone or in person at the Burlington Police Department.

The Alamance County Sheriff's Office, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and High Point Police Department are some of the other local agencies that do vacation checks.