With the summer season winding down and people taking vacations before school starts, Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville is reminding residents that thieves often look for easy opportunities. Anyone planning to be away in the coming weeks are being reminded of a dark house program-- informing patrol deputies of when people are away so they can periodically inspect the exterior of a residence for anything out of the ordinary. To request this service, Putnam County residents can call the Sheriff's Department at 845 225-4300. McConville notes that it's smart to leave on some interior lights and install motion-detecting exterior lights. He added that advertising plans on social media should be limited to friends and family and not shared publicly.