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Fremont Police Offer Vacation Home Security Checks

Authorities also release tips on how to prevent your home from being burglarized while you're away.

From Fremont Police

If you are planning to go out of town next week for the holiday, consider requesting a vacation home security check from our Police Patrol Volunteer Unit.

Requests must be received by next Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2012 at 5 p.m. in order to receive a visit.

To sign up, go to www.fremontpolice.org/vacationrequestform and fill out the online form a few days before you leave.

Vacation home security tips:
An empty house is a tempting target for a burglar so make sure you do your best to have your home look occupied while you are away.

  1. Find a trusted friend or neighbor to watch your house. Give them your contact information in case they need to get a hold of you.
  2. Never broadcast your travel plans on a community email group, blog, Facebook, or other social networking site and remember if you check-in on foursquare or Facebook, everyone knows you aren't home!
  3. Install good locks on the doors and windows and use them.
  4. Engrave your valuables with your phone number and place Operation Identification stickers on your entry door and front window.
  5. Never leave a house key hidden outside of your home. If it is hidden in a pot, under the mat, beneath a rock or in a fake rock someone else may find it and enter your home while you are away.
  6. Stop all deliveries or arrange for someone to pick up your mail, newspapers, and packages.
  7. Arrange for someone to mow your lawn and maintain the yard while you are away. This keeps your home looking lived in.
  8. Place your inside lights and a radio on timers so that they go on and off, periodically in the evening hours.
  9. Hide your garbage cans out of sight. If your garbage cans are empty when everyone else’s are full, it is a sign that you are not at home.
  10. Turn the ringer on your telephone down low or off so that people outside of your home will not hear the phone ringing go unanswered.
  11. Be sure to close and lock the garage door too. When possible have a friend or family member park a car in your driveway occasionally so that it looks like someone is still at home.
  12. Leave your blinds and drapes in their normal position on second floor windows (closed on ground level so no one can look inside and view an empty home).

Remember, when you return home if it looks like someone has entered your home—Don’t go inside! Instead use a cell phone, go to a neighbor’s house or other safe location to contact the police. Let the police check the home before you go inside.

Fremont Police Department In-Progress Emergency No.: 9-1-1
Fremont Police Department Non-Emergency No.: 510-790-6800, option 3

Tariq Ali November 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I used this service for 3 weeks while I was away from home, gives you a little peace of mind, what a great idea!


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