Leaving home for an extended period of time? There are some things that you can do to create the illusion of “business as usual”. If you would like for the police department to conduct a house check in your absence, you can notify the department and they will conduct random checks.
If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time and would like the police department to conduct a house check, fill out the form below. A police officer will conduct random checks at your property in your absence. Random checks are not a guarantee that nothing will happen while you are away, and we are not responsible if something does; however, it will alert department officers to be on the lookout for activity at your property. Additionally, it will allow us to make contact with you, or someone you designate in your absence, should a problem occur. A few tips to consider while you are away:
Be Discrete: Stop your mail, don’t post on social media that you are away, or “check in” on social media at the airport or your destination. A full mailbox, Facebook updates from the airport, and a trash can that stays parked next to the garage on trash day all advertises that “Nobody is home!”
The best way to handle mail and trash while you’re gone is to put someone you trust in charge—a neighbor, a friend who lives near you, etc. This person can put your trash cans away, remove your mail or do quick checks to ensure all is secure at home.
And as hard as it is, wait to post about your travel plans on social media until you’re home.
Create an Illusion: What can you can do to make it look like “business as usual” at your house? Use timers for your exterior and interior lights, leave a radio or TV on for noise, consider leaving a car in the driveway.
In the form below, be sure to include any information such as cars that should be at the house (including a description, color or license plate #), or people who might be doing work or checking on the property. The more information we have the better we will know what to look for when checking on your property.
For emergencies, call 9-1-1