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Source: San Diego Sheriff

July 21, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Going away on a summer break? An empty house is a tempting target for burglars. Don't let your vacation be ruined by a crime. Sign up for free vacation checks with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff’s Department offers free vacation checks year-round. Let the Sheriff’s Department know when you’re leaving and Sheriff's Senior Volunteers will perform security inspections outside your home Monday through Friday.

They will check if your doors, windows and garage are locked. They will also hide your newspapers and packages in your side fence or back patio. If they see anything suspicious, they will call for the assistance of a deputy who will determine if there’s been a break in.

Upon your return, you will receive a welcome home letter listing the dates your home was checked and observations made during the visits.

You can take advantage of this free service by completing a form on Just look for the "Vacation Home Checks" box on the homepage. There's a link to a form online which must be submitted in person at your nearest Sheriff's Station or Substation to verify I.D.