Vacation and Extended Absence Housecheck Program

Going on vacation is understandably an exciting event for every member of the family. Much thought usually goes into the scheduling and planning to be sure that all of the details are taken care of. However, when finalizing your plans, don’t neglect the protection of your property and belongings that are staying behind.

Before you leave, take a few minutes and review the following suggestions. (Actually, many of these are excellent things to remember all year round.) 

  • Stop all deliveries to your home

Newspapers and mail that accumulate are sure giveaways that no one has been around. 

  • Give a key to a relative or a trusted neighbor

Ask that person to check the house as often as possible. Any deliveries that were not stopped should be taken inside. Ask that person to open the curtains periodically. If there is a car in the garage, ask them to park it in the driveway occasionally. In short, the house should be made to look lived in. 

  • Install timers

Having a light on each level makes the home look occupied. A timer on a radio is also a good idea.

  • Disconnect the garage door opener

Make sure that it can’t be opened. Also, lock the door between the garage and the inside. 

  • Have your yard taken care of by someone you trust

Have the grass cut periodically if you will be away for an extended period of time.

  • Never hide a key anywhere outside

Burglars know these tricks, too.

  • Contact the Police Department and register for a vacation watch

When you are away from your residence for an extended period of time, the Spring Grove Police Department will periodically check your home during your absence. This is a free service for the residents of Spring Grove.

All you need to do is fill out the information requested below before you leave. If you do not have internet access or an email account, you can either call us or you can print the House Watch Request Form by clicking the image to the left and either fax it to 815-675-2320 or mail it via the U.S. Postal Service.

Fraudulent submissions constitute a False Police Report and are punishable as a Class A Misdemeanor.

This form must be received at least one business day prior to your departure. 

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Homeowner Name *
Homeowner Name
Home Address *
Home Address
Homeowner's Contact Number *
Homeowner's Contact Number
Departure Date *
Departure Date
Departure Time *
Departure Time
Return Date *
Return Date
Return Time *
Return Time
Emergency Contact Name *
Emergency Contact Name
This is the name of a relative or friend who lives nearby that we can contact in case of an emergency.
Emergency Contact Number *
Emergency Contact Number
Does contact person have a key? *
Does contact person have a key?
Does contact person know the alarm code? *
Enter a description (make/model/color) of any vehicles that will be parked in your driveway while you are away. Enter "None" if none.
Please list any interior lighting that will be left on or will be activated by timers or sensors including the location in the residence. Enter "None" if none.
Please list the names and vehicle descriptions of anyone who has permission to be on your property while you are away. Enter "None" if none.
Please enter any additional information you would like us to be aware of.
Enter a description (make/model/color) of any vehicles that will remain in your garage while you are away. Enter "None" if none.