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Vacation House Check

Last Update: July 10 2012

Going on a well-deserved vacation, planning to be out of town, or away from home for an extended period of time?

If so, contact our dispatch center (407) 656-3636 ext. 2221 or come by the police department to request a vacation house check.

This process allows The Winter Garden Police Department to periodically check your house while you are gone and be able to contact you in case of an emergency.

DISCLAIMER: Requesting a vacation house check does not guarantee that a burglary or other crime will not occur at your residence. This program is only intended to be a request for the Winter Garden Police Department to check your home periodically, based on the availability of an officer. There are no guarantees that your home will be checked while you are away. No additional police response or protection is being guaranteed by requesting a vacation check, other than normal police services and protection which is provided to the general public.

Consequently, it is recommended that you make every effort to safeguard against losses including securing of high value property, using proper locking devices, alarm systems, etc.


Here are some safety tips for you:

Be sure to give your home the appearance of being occupied while you're away by:

  • Putting lights, a radio and even the TV on timers.
  • Arranging for your lawn to be cared for.
  • Have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers, or have delivery suspended for the duration of your time away.
  • Make sure that your doors are locked.
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbor, friend or relative.
  • NEVER hide a key on your property; criminals are good at guessing hiding spots.
  • If you choose to have a neighbor care for your home while you're away, make sure they know how to contact you in case of an emergency.

If you are driving to your vacation destination, before you leave:

  • Make sure a friend or family member has your itinerary.
  • Have your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic.
  • Make certain your insurance and vehicle registration is current.
  • Carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Have road flares, jumper cables and a flashlight with fresh batteries handy.
  • Plan your route and be prepared for road and weather conditions to change.
  • If your travel brings you to the mountains, be sure to bring chains during the winter months.
  • Take frequent breaks to help you remain alert and avoid "highway hypnosis."
  • If you miss your exit, DON'T PANIC. Sudden stops, swerving and aggressive maneuvers may place you, your family and others in danger particularly on interstate roads.

If you're flying to your destination:

  • Make sure a friend or family member has your itinerary.
  • Put your work address on your luggage tags.
  • Arrive at the airport early to get through all the security checks and not have to rush or miss your flight.

When you arrive at your destination:

  • Learn the phone number and address of the place you're staying.
  • KNOW THE RULES. Laws and ordinances change from town to town and state to state. This is especially important if you're traveling abroad. A hotel concierge is an excellent source for assistance and information.
  • Know how to contact the local police, fire and rescue services.
  • Watch out for frauds and cons. They frequent vacation spots.
  • Never leave your valuables unattended.
  • Don't carry large sums of cash or wear expensive jewelry.