You’ve ordered a hold on your mail, you’ve arranged to have your pets placed in the kennel, but have you called the police yet to tell them you’re going to be out of town for a few days?
While law enforcement agencies generally recommend you start with having trusted family or friends hold a key for you and make regular checks on your home, here in Fayette County all agencies also offer house watch services.
According to Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins, house watches are offered all year, but his department has been reminding citizens of the service through Facebook and the department’s website in advance of the holiday season.
Perkins said Tyrone citizens can go to tyronepd.org and complete a form online, which will then alert officers to check on those homes.
“Officers will do a physical check of the residence on every shift as calls permit,” Perkins said. He said citizens can leave multiple contact names and numbers on the form, and he said it is especially helpful to leave the name and number of any local key holders.
“Provide us with all of the contact information you want us to have, and if something goes wrong we will get with the right people with that information,” Perkins said.
Fayette County Sheriff’s Department (fayettesheriff.org) and Peachtree City Police Department (peachtree-city.org/police) also offer online house watch forms.
According to Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow, City of Fayetteville citizens should call the police department at 770-461-4441 to schedule a house watch.
At any time, Fayette County residents may also call the E 911 Communications Center at 770-461-HELP (4357) to discuss house watches. Of course, any suspicious activity in neighborhoods or elsewhere should immediately be reported by calling 9-1-1.