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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Vacation and House Watch Available


How to Request a Vacation Watch

The Riverside Police Department offers residents a convenient option to request a vacation watch online at Frontline Public Safety Solutions. Simply click the submit button and enter your information.  Submitting a request does not mean a homeowner does not need to take responsibility for protecting his or her property while away by securing doors/windows, putting lights on timers, stopping mail/newspaper service, etc. Please also keep in mind that the Riverside Police Department will make every effort to check your property, but only as priority or call volume allows.

A vacation should be a pleasant experience.  Take a few simple steps before leaving on a trip 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 a 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.
  • Place a "vacation hold" on newspaper subscriptions and mail delivery. 
  • Ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers and mail if the "vacation hold" was not followed and 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. 
  • Move 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.

Click here to request a vacation watch.
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