Vacation & House Watch Information

Your vacation should be a pleasant experience for you and your family. Take a few simple steps to reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of a burglary or other criminal acts against your home. The time spent preparing your home for vacation could save you money later.

Before you leave for your trip:


  • Notify police of the departure and return dates of your trip and provide the name and telephone number of a neighbor or relative to notify in the event of an emergency. Vacation Watch Form
  • Place a "vacation hold" on newspaper subscriptions, mail delivery and include the vacation start and end dates.
  • Ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers and mail if the "vacation hold" was not followed. Ask them to remove throwaway papers and circulars from the doorway and mailbox.
  • Place interior lights and a radio on timers to give the appearance that the home is occupied.
  • Have front exterior lights on photocells that activate in the evening and shut off at daybreak.
  • Notify neighbors of your absence and encourage them to contact the police regarding any suspicious activity at your home.
  • Arrange to have the grass cut and watered, leaves raked and the sidewalk and driveway shoveled during the winter.
  • Remove all tools, lawn implements, garbage cans and yard furniture to the garage, basement or shed.
  • Unplug all non-essential electrical appliances such as computers, fans, televisions, irons, washer and dryer to avoid damage from electrical storms.
  • Be sure the sump pump is functioning properly and free from debris to avoid basement flooding.
  • Set the home thermostat at a reasonable temperature - 85 degrees in the summer and 50 degrees in the winter.
  • Make sure all entry points into the home are secure.
  • Close the fireplace flue to prevent birds and animals from entering.
  • If you have an alarm system, leave a current list of contacts with the alarm company in case of system activations. False alarms may be fined.
  • Disconnect the electric garage door opener and lock the garage door.
Be sure all vehicles left at home are locked and remove all valuables.