Sheriff’s Department Offers Free Home Checks During Vacation

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A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy’s patch. Courtesy of the department

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Thursday reminded residents that they can sign up for free home checks while away on vacation.

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The year-round service is offered to those who live in unincorporated areas or sheriff contract cities.

On weekdays, senior Sheriff’s Department volunteers check to make sure a home’s doors, windows and garage are locked. They also hide newspapers and packages inside the backyard or on a back patio.

If patrol volunteers see anything suspicious, they call a deputy to investigate.

Visit to sign up for the service.

To prevent robberies, the department also recommends buying a timer to set house lights in a random pattern, holding mail delivery, asking a neighbor to occasionally park in the driveway and not sharing plans on social media.

–City News Service

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