Before You Leave for Vacation...


Before You Leave for Vacation...

Vacant House Watch Request

While you are away on vacation you can put your home on the Rye Brook Police Vacant House Watch List.  This service is not available to those that will have someone staying at the residence and the homeowner or occupant of the residence must be away for more than three days. A vacant house watch consists of an officer checking the residence and surrounding area for suspicious activity at random times, as time and call load permits. The homeowner or occupant of the location must request a vacant house watch and will be effective for no more than thirty (30) days. If the homeowner or occupant returns early, please contact the police department to take the address off the vacant house list. 

Information received after business hours will be entered the next business day. 

You can find the vacant house watch request form here: http://www.ryebrook.org/FCpdf/VacantHouseWatchRequest.pdf

Before You Leave

Utilize this checklist to secure your home.

  • Make sure your home looks lived in, not empty:
  • Stop mail and cancel all deliveries or ask a friend to make daily collections
  • Hide empty garbage cans
  • Leave shades and blinds in normal positions
  • Put an automatic timer on several lights and the radio
  • Have a neighbor keep your property maintained.
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbor.
  • Store valuables in a safe deposit box.
  • Tell a neighbor you trust your departure and return dates. Supply an itinerary with phone numbers where you can be reached in an emergency.
  • Lock all windows and doors. Double check basement and garage doors before you leave.


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