Sheriff's Department Offers Free Vacation Checks to Holiday Travelers

The service is provided by members of the Senior Volunteer Patrol.

Courtesy San Diego Sheriff's Department
Courtesy San Diego Sheriff's Department

Going away for the holidays? The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s got your back. More than 400 members of the Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) will be keeping a watchful eye on people’s homes during their out-of-town holiday travels.

If you live in the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department, you can fill out a form online and submit it to your nearest Sheriff’s Station or Substation.

The Sheriff’s Department offers the free vacation checks year-round. Let them know when you’re leaving and Senior Volunteer Patrol members will perform security inspections outside your home Monday through Friday. They will check if your doors, windows and garage are locked. They will also hide your newspapers and packages in your side fence or back patio. 

If they see anything suspicious, they will call for the assistance of a deputy who will determine if there’s been a break in. Upon your return, you will get a welcome home letter listing the dates your home was checked and observations made during the visits.

To take advantage of this free service, complete and return a vacation check form on www.sdsheriff.net to your nearest Sheriff’s Station or Substation. A full list of our patrol stations, their addresses and telephone numbers can be also be found on website.

– San Diego County Sheriff’s Department press release


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