Local law enforcement remind homeowners about patrol service whi

Local law enforcement remind homeowners about patrol service while away on vacation

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Local law enforcement offers a special service to watch your home as you are away for vacation. Local law enforcement offers a special service to watch your home as you are away for vacation.
"We check around the residence, make sure all the doors are locked, windows are locked, make sure that there's nothing out of place," said Captain Bob Wooldridge with KPD. "We check around the residence, make sure all the doors are locked, windows are locked, make sure that there's nothing out of place," said Captain Bob Wooldridge with KPD.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Summer time is here and chances are at some point you'll leave for a vacation trip. Local law enforcement want to remind you about a special service they offer that keeps a close-eye on your family's home while you're out of town.

We went on your side to find out how it works and how you can sign up.

How valuable is peace of mind? To Cathy Merrell it's priceless and that's why she had the Knox County Sheriff's Office come to her home and point out security issues.

"We haven't really had any problems but you never know," she said.

Merrell did it just as a precaution since it's summer vacation season, "Well I'm excited about going but at the same time I worry about  my home."

But did you know deputies will keep an eye on  your home while you're away? All you have to provide is your name, address, and how long you'll be gone.

"A lot of times we don't trust our neighbors. With this service you know that you're going to have a police car come by and your neighbors won't know what time they'll be coming by to check it," said Sergeant Sheila Palmer with the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The Knoxville Police Department has a similar program.

"We check around the residence, make sure all the doors are locked, windows are locked, make sure that there's nothing out of place," said Captain Bob Wooldridge with KPD.

Though there are some things you can do, officers suggest putting lights on timers and skip sharing your vacation on social media.

"Post those pictures and everything you're wanting to tell friends when you get back," said Sergeant Palmer.

The price tag for this service? Free.

"Just let us know you're gone and we'll keep an eye on it for you," added Sergeant Palmer.

If you would like to sign up, you can call the Knoxville Police Department at (865)215-7268 or Knox County Sheriff's Office at (865)215-2243. You can also check with your local law enforcement to see if they have a similar program in your county or city.
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