Vacation Home Check
This preventative program is part of the RCMP’s Safe Homes, Safe Communities initiative. Residents will complete a Vacation Home Check Sheet before going away providing relevant information such as dates of absence, emergency contact information, related vehicles, names of keyholders, etc.
- Drive by your residence in a marked Community Policing van to check lights, timers, open windows and anything suspicious.
- Report anything untoward to your designated person in your absence and to the police, if necessary.
Volunteers are unable to:
- Leave their vehicle to check properties.
- Check apartments or condominiums.
This volunteer driven program is not intended to replace private security companies or other security measures. The North Vancouver RCMP and its volunteers are not responsible for any loss, theft or damage to your property.
Home Security Tips While on Vacation:
- Stop your newspaper, mail and other home delivery. You may have to do it days ahead of your vacation. A pile of uncollected newspapers at your front door is a hint for thieves that no one is home, and stolen mail is one of the major sources of identity theft.
- Broadcasting you are on vacation through social media, such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, is generally not a good idea, even if you have a high privacy setting.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to watch out for visitors to your house. Provide your neighbour with your contact number in the event of a problem.
- Make sure your windows and doors are secured with the appropriate type of locks.
- Install timers in different areas of your house to turn lights and radios on and off at different times. Thieves may think someone is at home and find other, easier targets.
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