- Ask a trusted neighbor to collect your newspapers and mail.
- Leave lights on inside your home to make it look occupied, as well as a car in the driveway.
- Put some lights on a timer to
give the impression that someone is at home. Get a timer with
random-pattern options, because a burglar will usually know if timers
are set to turn on at the same time every day.
- Spokane has some home sitting services for home owners who
are gone for extended periods of time. You can hire someone to live in
your home to help deter vandalism, maintain the home and yard, and help
prevent insurance claims. Some of these businesses are also run by
property management companies.
- The Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs
- Vacation Home Check - provided by Spokane C.O.P.S.. Call (509) 622-5885
Call to arrange for volunteers to watch your home at no charge while you are away. By giving your name, address, when you will be gone, and who is authorized to be on the premises, you will be assured two volunteers will periodically monitor your home. Call at least 2 days before you leave. There is a 21-day limit. Not available for duplexes or apartments.
Spokane C.O.P.S. recommends that to minimize your chances of break-ins:
- Don't let mail pile up.
- Give the appearance people are home.
- Don't announce your departure.
- Designate an emergency contact.
- Remove the spare key.
- Unplug electronics.
- Look away valuables.
- Take advantage of the free vacation home check.