Holiday House Checks

Post Date:11/30/2018 1:13 PM

If you’re going to be away from Chapel Hill for an extended period over the holidays, the Chapel Hill Police Department will keep an eye on your property.

Data shows that the holiday months are a particularly vulnerable time of year for our residents. Extra patrol officers are staffed to discourage illegal behavior.

Officers will also perform a house check of residences in Chapel Hill to check that your property is secure. This service is offered year round, and we especially encourage the use of it during the holidays. 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
  • Break down identifiable boxes before placing them on the street in front of your home for pickup.

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

If you have questions, contact Capt. Andrew Smith at or 919-968-2889.



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