Vacation Checks/Property Safety

Vacation/Property Safety

Residents who will be away from their homes are encouraged to notify the police department.  This would include out of town vacations, weddings, funerals, etc. or any time that your home would be unoccupied for an extended period of time.  Those going on vacation should complete a vacation check form and return it to the police department. This form provides contact information for persons who will be able to respond in the event of an emergency and information regarding alarm systems while you are out of town.

Tips for when you leave on vacation:
  • Make your home appear as if no one has left
  • Your blinds, shades, and lights should be kept on in the normal positions as if you are home
  • Set up timers for lights or radio to come on while you are away
  • Stop your mail at the post office or have a neighbor collect it for you 
  • Activate your alarm before leaving
  • Lock all of the doors and windows
  • Have a neighbor or friend mow your lawn or shovel your driveway
  • Please note on the vacation check form if you will be having a neighbor park in your driveway
  • Have a relative or friend house sit for you
  • Do NOT post on social media that you will be out of town
Tips for keeping your property safe:
  • Turn on outside lighting (motion sensitive are best) to illuminate your driveway/property
  • While working in your backyard, lock your front and side door(s) and close your garage door 
  • Do not allow uninvited sales/repair persons into your home.  Door-to-door solicitors are required to have a permit and should have a badge from the city...if they do not, call the police department to report it.  Do Not Solicit stickers are available at City Hall.
  • Do not leave your windows unlocked or open when leaving the house 

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