More residents in Columbia County are trying out house watches before leaving for vacation than in years past.
This year, the county has completed 65,913 checks – up more than 8,000 from 2010.
“There are more homes and it’s just more popular,” said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
The free year-round service started in the county 15 years ago and was designed to give homeowners more peace of mind while on vacation. Morris said Christmas and summertime are always higher, but numbers increase almost every year.