October 5, 2016 | Donald Schwind Keep your home and property safe while you are away by requesting a Vacation House Check. Constables will physically check your residence at least once per shift, sometimes more often if the workload permits. Please call us if you plan to be away whether it is two days or several months. There are several ways to request a house check: The most convenient way is by accessing the link to the online Vacation House Check request form and completing the fillable form and submitting it Click here to access the secured online vacation house check request form PLEASE NOTE: If you are placing this request LESS THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE YOU ARE LEAVING, please do NOT use the online request. Instead, follow one of the procedures listed below. If you prefer not to submit the request through or Website, or would like to speak with someone to make the request, you may do one of the following: Call the Township Administrative Office at 614-885-5115, push #1 to be transferred to the Police Department; the person answering the phone, usually Administrative Assistant Sharon Lee, will record your information. Please call during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Do not leave your request on the Department’s voice mail. If it is after normal office hours or on the weekend or holiday, please call the Dispatch Center at 614-525-2125 and ask that a cruiser be dispatched to your home, or that an on-duty constable call you. One of our on-duty constables will respond and record the information. Or when you see a constable patrolling your neighborhood, stop and ask them to record the information. They will ensure that the information is properly filed. Please, do not send your information to the Police Department E-mail. All e-mail systems are susceptible to hackers, including the Township’s. Never send personal information through an e-mail. In addition, the Department’s e-mail is not checked every day; we could easily miss your request. Here are a few safety tips before you leave: Don’t forget to lock your doors and windows. Be careful about who you tell of your vacation plans. Remember, burglars find house keys easily when they are hidden in potted plants, under doormats, or above the door ledge. Stop all postal and newspaper deliveries. Try and maintain a “lived in” look while you are away. Use timers on lights and turn the ring tone down on your phones. Arrange for a trusted neighbor to do some yard upkeep or park a car in your driveway. Leave emergency contact numbers with someone you trust. Have a safe and enjoyable vacation!