Preparing to Leave Town

What You Can Do
  • 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. 
Additional Resources
  • The Washington Association of Sheriffís and Police Chiefs
    http://waspc.org

  • 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:
    1. Don't let mail pile up.
    2. Give the appearance people are home.
    3. Don't announce your departure.
    4. Designate an emergency contact.
    5. Remove the spare key.
    6. Unplug electronics.
    7. Look away valuables.
    8. Take advantage of the free vacation home check.
    http://www.spokanecops.org/protect-your-home-while-on-vacation