- Make your home look as
lived-in as possible while you're away.
- Let your neighbors and the
Pelham Police know. You can fill out a Vacant House Check
form and drop it off at the police station. (see below for
- Give a spare key to a
neighbor you trust and give them an emergency telephone
number to reach you.
- Arrange to have your mail
and newspapers either stopped or picked up daily.
- Have someone mow your yard
or rake the leaves so your house looks lived-in.
- Use automatic timers to turn
on a radio, television and lights at different times to hide
the fact you are not home.
- Turn down the ringer on the
telephone. An unanswered telephone is a dead give-away.
- Be sure you don't announce
your absence on your answering machine message.
- Leave your blinds like you
normally would if you were home. Only close them all the way
if that is what you would normally do.
- Be sure to close and lock
the garage as well as any storage sheds, gates, etc.
- Engrave all your valuables
with your driver's license number. If possible, videotape
the contents of your home. Be sure to keep the video and the
list of valuables in a safety deposit box.
- Ask your neighbor to
occasionally park in your driveway. If you are leaving a
vehicle parked outside, have the neighbor move it
periodically so it looks as though you are home.
Vacant House Check Forms.
Click on the link
below and print* the form. Fill out the form completely and
drop it off at the Pelham Police Station. Pelham Police
Officers will check your house while you are away on vacation.
Vacant House Check Form
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