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Going away? Sheriff's Department may conduct vacation checks on your home

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Sheriff's Department issued a reminder Friday that free residential vacation checks will be conducted upon request for those living within its service areas.

More than 400 members of the department's Senior Volunteer Patrol are available to keep a watchful eye on people's homes during out-of-town holiday travels, as well as at any other time of the year.

The personnel perform home security inspections every day but Sunday, checking to make sure doors, windows and garage are secured, and moving newspapers and packages into yards or onto back patios so they're not visible from the street.

If the volunteers see anything suspicious, they call for the assistance of a deputy to determine if there's been a break-in or other crime at the property.

Upon their return, participating residents get a letter listing the dates of the checks and observations made during the visits.

Those interested in signing up for the service must fill out a form that can be found online – at sdsheriff.net/patrolstations/docs/pat50.doc – and submit it to the sheriff's station nearest their home

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