West Carroll authorities keeping close eyes out at home while folks attend state championship

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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE) West Carroll Parish authorities are stepping up patrols to keep away thieves while residents attend the LHSAA football championship down in New Orleans.

Oak Grove is fighting for their first state title in over a decade which has everyone excited.

"We've got a good team this year. We're hoping for a big win," said Chief Deputy Kenneth Green of the West Carroll Sheriff's Office.

The game is Thursday which means many folks are hitting the road to show support, but with many people gone, it also leaves homes vulnerable to thieves. That's why West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Deputies are expanding patrols.

"They're extra vigilant, out and about a little more than normal."

Chief Deputy Kenneth Green even says criminals pick out easy targets, mostly homes with lights off and no vehicles parked in the driveway.

There are also easy ways homeowners can deter thieves.

"You leave your outside lights on; you leave your TV on."

But a common mistake is people posting their plans on social media.

"Worst mistake is putting it on Facebook where they're at while everyone is gone. I know everybody likes to do that."

Meanwhile, folks like Jim Holland says he feels confident about his home's security. He's attending the state championship game himself.

"We're pretty lucky, we're right around family and close neighbors and we kind of watch out for each other in that area," said Jim Holland, an Oak Grove resident.