Vacationing Away From Chapel Hill?
We can keep an eye on your property for you.
If you’re going to be away from Chapel Hill for an extended period over the summer, the Chapel Hill Police Department will keep an eye on your property.
“We saw a 38-percent reduction in residential breaking and entering cases during this past year’s winter break at UNC-Chapel Hill along with a 35-percent increase in house check registrations,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “We want you to have the peace of mind that while you’re away from your home, it remains safe and secure.”
A house check consists of an officer driving by your residence and checking for any signs that your property has been left unsecured or someone has tampered with it.
This service is offered year round and is free to any residents. Officers will not enter a property, unless there is a sign that it has been left unsecured or forcibly entered.
Additionally, there are a few things you can do while you’re away to limit opportunities to be taken advantage of.
- Store valuables out of sight;
- Lock all doors and windows (even if they’re on the second floor);
- Set lights around the house on timers; and
- Make sure your yard is maintained to appear as if someone has been by recently.
To receive this free service, complete a house check form at least 24 hours before you plan to be away. The form is available at townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/police/house-check-request.
If you have questions, contact Capt. Donnie Rhoads at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-968-2865.