If you are going on vacation or plan to be away from home for an extended
period of time, the Police Departmentís house watch program can give you
some peace of mind.
Enlisting the Police Department to keep an eye out for suspicious activity
while you are away from home does not guarantee against loss, theft, damage
or mischief but it can be a useful deterrent to anyone who may be
considering accessing your home for criminal purposes.
Whether or not you avail yourself of this service, there are some steps you
can take prior to departing to safeguard your property.
Stop mail and newspaper
Leave shades/blinds in normal
Put automatic timers on lights;
set the timers so they will turn on and off at random times
in different rooms
Leave a key with a trusted
neighbor in case of emergency
Lock all windows and doors
Have someone park a car in your
driveway occasionally ie: neighbor or friend
Arrange to have the lawn
Shut and lock your garage
Keep jewelry and other
valuables in places other than the master bedroom (this is
the first place a burglar looks)
Ask a neighbor to put out your
House checks are not conducted on homes that are occupied for any length of
time during the homeownerís absence.
This is open to homeowners who will be away for at least two days, and
generally not more than two weeks.
We ask that you contact us upon your return
home to terminate the watch.
To sign up for the house watch program, you must call the Burbank Police
Department at 708-924-7300.