11/26/2023 | Press release | Archived content
Published on November 26, 2023
If you plan to be away from home for a few days or more, it's always a good idea to ask for a free vacation check from the Lakewood Sheriff's Station.
The program involves Lakewood Sheriff's Volunteers on Patrol (VOP's) monitoring your house while you are away.
If possible, request a vacation check at least a week before your trip.
You can either:
Be sure to provide specific details, such as:
Making your home look occupied is a key to vacation preparation.
Consider having a friend or family member "house sit" if you are gone for more than a few days.
"Keeping your block captain and close neighbors in the loop is important, too," says Kaitlin Osborn, who helps coordinate Lakewood's Neighborhood Watch program. "They can all be on the lookout for unusual or suspicious activity around your home while you're away. And, they'll be especially sensitive to what's normal on your block."
Neighbors are encouraged to call the Lakewood Sheriff Station's 24-hour business line at 562-623-3500 to report anything out of the ordinary.