So, if you're a parent and want to give your child a little more freedom to be at home alone but not too much freedom per se, the home alone program might be something for you, and it is starting now in South Portland. This program allows parents to put their homes on a list for the police to drive byes of the house to make sure that everything is working the way it's supposed to.

"When adults go away overnight, and their teenagers stay home, these unsupervised times can increase the risk of parties and gatherings. Sometimes these gatherings involve alcohol and other substances and create the need for police to respond," South Portland police said in a press release.

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According to WGME, 13 parents can go on the police department's website and enter the dates that they'll be leaving town, the name of the children, and any special request. If the police drive by and see anything out of the ordinary, they'll give you a call. I never thought I'd see the day when police officers would function as police and private security at the same time, but I understand. What are your thoughts? Are you going to use this new home alone service?

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