Police Commissioner Dan Polk said, "We want to advertise this service, let people know about it" and get the word out in the community. (File photo)

Police Commissioner Dan Polk said, "We want to advertise this service, let people know about it" and get the word out in the community. (File photo)

Palos Park police can keep eye on empty homes

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It’s official, the holidays are here, and people will be leaving town, visiting family and going somewhere else for the holidays.

In Palos Park, a good number of residents head to warmer climates for the winter and others will leave after Christmas and not return until spring.  Please utilize the police Vacation House Watch program.

Palos Park officers will keep an eye on the homes of people who are going on vacation if they let the department know. Officers, during their shifts, will make patrols of their homes just to make sure everything looks okay, everything looks secure, and if there’s any problems, we’re able to call them, talk to them.  Palos Park Police can help residents make their homes appear as if someone’s inside.

Palos Park police remind residents, if you’re planning on leaving for the holidays, you can fill out a vacation watch report and an officer will check on your house periodically during their patrol shift.

This is a service offered by the police department and officials encourage residents to utilize it more.  The idea is simple, if you’re planning on leaving for the holidays (or any vacation for that matter), you can fill out an application with police and someone from the department will check on your house periodically each shift while you’re away.

Police Commissioner Dan Polk said, “We want to advertise this service, let people know about it” and get the word out in the community.

When people go on vacation, they want to make sure that they come home to the home they left, Polk noted, and we want to make sure that happens.

“Thieves actually are looking for homes that don’t show any movement. Sometimes they’ll knock on the door and see if anyone comes to answer.  Our hope with this program is that the police presence in an area where people are away will make a thief think twice. They don’t want to be around when police cars are around.”

They also had some suggestions:

  • Do not leave a key under the mat
  • Purchase motion sensor lights
  • Invest in a two-way doorbell system with a camera
  • Do not post on social media that you are leaving town. It’s a good indication for a burglar to potentially come to your house and take something.

2 Comments

  1. Julie murphy on December 16, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Cancel your newspaper & forward your mail. Also have a neighbor pick up the unwanted brochures & such left on your driveway.



  2. Robert Haberkorn on December 17, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Light the night inside and outside with timers and light and dark monitors. All outside areas of your home!



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