As more Chillicotheans may seek a warmer climate, Chillicothe Police Chief Scott Mettille is reminding residents to be vigilant on securing their home.

Sometime during the night of Jan. 24 into the wee hours of Jan. 25, a house in the 1000 block of Elm Street was burglarized. A neighbor was watching the house, according to a police report and found a door open. He also noticed lights on during the evening.

The owners apparently were on vacation and it was apparent no one was home as the driveway was unplowed and the sidewalk covered with snow. Taken from the residence were two antique weapons, Mettille said. Less than $10 was also taken and drawers were opened and dumped around the residence. The state crime lab was notified to assist in collecting data.

According to the police report, it is “presumed” that the door used to gain entrance was unlocked due to no pry marks being found.

“When you’re on vacation, call the police department and we’ll put your home on the vacation watch list,” Mettille said.

Those who apprise the police of leaving their home for a specified time are put on the department’s vacation watch list, which means that the officers will regularly check those residences, Mettille said.

He also suggested that residents let a neighbor know if they will be gone and if possible, leave a key with a trusted individual in Chillicothe, not Peoria, in case there is a problem.

“It’s also a good idea to have someone shovel your driveway, scoop your sidewalk and stop the newspaper,” Mettille said.

The burglary is currently under investigation by the Chillicothe Police Department.

Information police officials will ask for include: dates leaving and returning, emergency contact information, persons allowed to be at the residence during that time, lights being left on/off and lights set on timers.

Residents with questions about the vacation watch list should call Mettille at 274-2129.