GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- At the right place, at the right time.

An off-duty Greensboro police officer says he caught a man breaking into his parent's house as he stopped by to check on the home.

The alleged crime happened yesterday. Guilford County deputies later caught one of the suspects, but another suspect got away in a gray van.

There's a lesson here for all of us.

We can help protect our homes, while we're away.

If you're going on vacation, there are a few things you're going to want to do to protect yourself so nobody knows you've left.

Some you might think are no-brainers, like locking your doors and windows before leaving, but it's worth the reminder.

There are also a couple you might not think of, like having someone come by to grab your mail so it doesn't pile up.

You can also have the post office hold your mail for a few days as well.

Also, if you're going to be gone for a while, mow your lawn right before you leave, and you may even need to get someone to mow it while you're gone.

Lastly, we know it's tempting to post all those pictures of you sliding down a water slide, but wait to post them until you get home so your social media doesn't make you a target.

Law enforcement says it can save you a lot of headaches.

"As you go out of town, just make sure you're doing those things necessary to protect your property, and your home while you're away. As the weather breaks, in spring and summer we do see an increase in residential break-ins," said Captain David Pruitt, Captain of District 3 with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

If those aren't enough for a sense of security, some Sheriff's Offices offer a sort of check-in service if you're out of town.

While they're patrolling, they can check on your home. You will need to call the Sheriff's Office you live in to see if they offer this service.

Guilford County does.

"Before you leave for vacation you will just call your district office you live in, and just let them know the dates you'll be away, any vehicles that might be in the driveway so the officers are aware, and if you have anybody checking on your house too. Let us know that so if we encounter someone we know they're supposed to be there," said Captain Pruitt.

Captain Pruitt also said they're still currently trying to identify, and find the suspect in the Gray van.