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November 9, 2010 > Safeguard your home while on vacation

Safeguard your home while on vacation

By Meenu Gupta

Being proactive about home security can ensure safety while you are away on vacation. Make your house look occupied by putting the television, radio, and/or lights on a timer and asking a trusted neighbor to pick up your newspapers and any advertising or marketing materials that may be left on your door or driveway.

As an added security measure, you can request extra patrols to check your house while you are away. Fremont Police Department CARE volunteers can drive by your house to make sure everything is in order. CARE (Connect, Assist, Respond, and Engage) is a citizen group trained to connect with the community, assist the police department, respond to requests for neighborhood patrol checks, report suspicious activity, and engage with the community by presenting safety information at special events.

The program began in 2006 as a highly visible support function of the Patrol Division. If they see newspapers piled up, they will move them to a location that is not visible from the street. If they notice something like a broken window, open door or gate, they will report it to Dispatch.

CARE volunteers are trained to observe suspicious activity and circumstances. Call (510) 790-6740 and leave a message on the Community Engagement Unit message line. "People should leave the message a few days in advance, before they leave for vacation. CARE volunteers will check the home for safety," said Community Engagement Specialist, Karen Blount. Make sure your message includes your name, contact number, address, and the dates you will be away.

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