If you are a resident of St. Lucie County and are concerned about leaving your home unattended for an extended period time, you may enroll your home in the House Watch Program. During your absence members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office will watch your home so you can enjoy your time away. To get started please complete the (House Watch) form. Please allow 48 hours to process your information. If your travel plans change during the course of your travels, please notify the Crime Prevention Office by calling 871-5398.
Although this program may help to prevent criminal activity the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office cannot totally guarantee the safety of your residence or be responsible for any damage incurred as such. Keeping your home safe requires a partnership.
House Watch Request Form
Below are some crime prevention tips to help prevent a burglary to your home
- Lock all windows and doors.
- Have a trusted neighbor watch your home while you are away.
- Place inside and outside lights on timers.
- Arrange to have your mail and newspapers either stopped or picked up daily.
- Arrange to have your grass cut so your house looks lived-in.
- Use automatic timers to turn on a radio, television and lights at different times to hide the fact you are not home.
- Turn down or turn off the ringer on the telephone. An unanswered telephone is a dead give-away you're not home.
- Don't announce your absence on your answering machine. "We can't come to the phone" instead of "We're not home."
- Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you are leaving a vehicle parked outside, have the neighbor move it periodically so it looks like you are home.
- Unplug your electronic garage door opener.
- If you have an alarm system, use it.
- Give a spare key to a trusting neighbor a number where you can be reached.
- Leave your blinds like you normally would if you were home. Only close them all the way if that is what you would normally do.
- Be sure to close and lock the garage as well as any storage sheds, gates, etc.
- Engrave all your valuables with your driver's license number. If possible, videotape the contents of your home. Be sure to keep the video and the list of valuables in a safety deposit box. To learn more about how to properly document your valuables click on the link, Operation Identification.