Vacation Watch

Police Cruiser
  • Do not publicize the fact that you are going on vacation.
  • Put lights and a radio on timers
  • Burn an outside light all night, not just when you are away
  • Do not close your blinds and curtains if you do not normally do so while you are home.
  • Do not stop deliveries! Have a neighbor pick them up for you, as well as circulars that accumulate by the front door.
  • Make arrangements to have the lawn cut while you are away.
  • Turn your telephone ringer down to low or turn on the answering machine. Do not leave messages saying that you are on vacation or when you will return home.
  • Lock all doors (including garage doors), windows and screens before leaving.
  • Store items such as lawn furniture, garden tools and hanging baskets in a secure area of your residence.
  • Ask neighbors to look out for your residence while you are away.
  • Consider asking a neighbor to park a vehicle in your driveway during your absence.
  • Leave a phone number with a neighbor where you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • If you are interested in having a vacation check of your residence conducted while you are away, please come by the Burlington Police Department (267 W. Front Street in Downtown Burlington) during regular business hours (8a-7p Mon.-Fri. and 10a-2p on Sat.)to submit a written request. Vacation watches will not exceed two weeks.
  • If you do not have a neighbor that can pick up your mail and newspapers, have them stopped during the time you are away.