Sign Up For Vacation Home Checks
Summer is officially here and it's time to plan that vacation. Make your break even more stress-free and sign up for vacation checks from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The free vacation check service is offered to residents year-round. Residents who live in the City of Vista cand sign up to have a Vista Sheriff Senior Volunteer Patrol check on their home while they’re away. The senior volunteer patrol performs security inspections outside of the home Monday through Friday. They check to make sure doors, windows and the garage are locked. They also hide newspapers and packages in a side fence or back patio. If the patrol observes something suspicious or unusual, such as a broken windows or open doors, they will call a Vista Sheriff's deputy to investigate.
To sign up for the service, visit sdsheriff.net. Click on the Vacation Home Checks box to download the form. Next, take it into the Vista Sheriff's Office located at 325 S. Melrose Drive to verify your identification.
For those staying home, it’s important not to get too lax with security around the house.
During the summer months, residents take advantage of the sunny weather for outdoor projects, taking their families to fun places, and relaxing and keeping cool. It can be easy to forget to close a door or window; however, if a window or door is left open - it creates an easy opportunity for a burglar.
Sheriff crime prevention specialists compiled some handy tips to help residents better safeguard their homes and vehicles when going on vacation:
- Lock up your home, activate your alarm
- Don’t broadcast your plans on social media
- Hold the delivery of mail and newspaper or ask a trusted friend to pick them up for you
- Buy a timer for lights and set them on a random pattern
- Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway
- Sign up for a FREE vacation check for Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) members to keep an eye on your home
For more information, contact the Vista Sheriff Station non-emergency number at 760.940.4551