As a community service to our residents the Loudon Police will conduct daily checks of your property while you are away.
To request a Vacant House Check (VHC) you may call-in your request or you are welcome to come to the department and fill out the VHC information sheet in person during business hours, (M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm).
You may also fill out the form below to e-mail your request. To better serve you, please make sure to complete the entire form.
We recommend making your request at least a few days in advance of your departure.
When leaving for vacation, take steps to secure your home while you are away. By
following some of the tips below we can help ensure your property security.
SECURE YOUR HOME
Don't Give the Burglar a Helping Hand
Most home burglars are amateurs looking for easy targets. They're looking for homes
which present the least risk of detection; the greatest opportunity for easy gain; and the
maximum potential for escape. They're looking for homes which appear unoccupied and
unprotected; homes without adequate locks and lighting; open or unlocked doors and
windows; and home sites which provide easy concealment from neighbors and passing
Unfortunately, the burglar doesn't need to look around very long to discover "Welcome
Burglar" signs unwittingly left around many homes. It is even more unfortunate when you
realize that all it takes to make your home less inviting to a burglar is a little common
sense and several easy, effective and inexpensive crime prevention measures. By
following the suggestions on this web page you can decrease your chances of becoming
a burglary victim.
Survey Your Home
Look at your home through a burglar's eyes. Does it look like an easy target? Are there
obvious security weaknesses?
Shrubbery should not obscure doors and windows. Trim the growth so that a burglar
cannot work undetected. At night leave a few lights burning outside your home. Lights
over doorways and garages, and strategically placed floodlights will make your home
less inviting to a burglar. Windows and doors should be securely locked. Inadequate
locks should be replaced or supplemented. Make your home look occupied at all times.
Common sense is all that is needed to identify most security weaknesses around your
What is a Good Lock?
Crime Prevention experts recommend deadbolt locks to provide the security needed for
exterior doors. The bolt should extend at least one inch into the door frame to provide
Many homes are equipped with spring-latch door locks. Most spring-latch locks can be
easily jimmied by even the most inexperienced burglar. Replace or supplement any
spring-latch locks with a good deadbolt lock.
Other good security locks such as the jimmy-resistant rim lock are available. Ask your
Crime Prevention Officer about the best locks for your home.
When you move into a new home, or if you lose your house keys, contact a locksmith to
change the tumblers inside the lock. The change can be done quickly and inexpensively,
and it makes the old or lost keys useless.
Don't forget to lock up. Even the best locks provide no protection if left unlocked.
Securely lock your home even if you plan to be away for only minutes.
Secure Doors and Windows
Wooden exterior doors have either Solid Core or Hollow Core construction. Solid Core
Doors provide the greatest security. They are able to withstand attacks by burglars, and
are best suited for installation of good locks.
If an exterior door contains a glass panel or is near a window, you should install a
double-cylinder deadbolt lock which requires a key to unlock it from either side of the
door. This lock will prevent a burglar from reaching inside to unlock the door after
breaking the glass.
Doors which swing open to the outside have exposed hinges in easy reach of the burglar.
These doors can be secured by the "hinge pinning" technique:
Remove opposing screws from both sides of each hinge plate. Insert pin into hole on door
FRAME, leaving a 1/2 inch protrusion. Drill out opposing hold to fit pin when door is
Open garage doors attract burglars. Make a habit of keeping garage doors closed and
locked, an open garage door with no car in sight is a clear invitation to a burglar,
especially if the garage is used to store such items as bicycles, power mowers, garden
tools, and other easily stolen property.
Sliding glass doors are particularly vulnerable to attacks by burglars. The "pinning"
technique mentioned above will prevent the lock from being forced or the door from
being lifted from the track. Key-operated pins or grips are a preferred method of
securing sliding glass doors.
With door closed, drill hole (angle downward) through top and bottom corners of inner
frame, partially into outer frame. Insert pin or nail.
Windows are another common entry point for burglars. Double-hung windows can be
easily and inexpensively secured by using the "pinning' technique.
With windows closed, drill hole (angle downward) through top corners of inner frame,
partially into outer frame. Insert pin or nail.
Good security for windows is provided by key-operated window locks, especially when
used as auxiliaries to conventional window locks.
Remember, an open or unlocked window or door invites burglars.
Give Your Home an Occupied Look
Most burglars are looking for unoccupied homes. If your home appears occupied, the
burglar will usually look for other more inviting sites.
When away from home, leave a radio playing. Always leave a few inner lights burning at
night. Automatic timers can be used to vary the on/off pattern of interior lights when
When leaving for an extended period, such as during a vacation, you should take several
Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home. Stop newspaper deliveries. Ask a neighbor
to pick up your mail. If necessary, arrange for lawn care. Notify your local law
enforcement agency that you plan to be away. Most agencies will schedule periodic
checks of your home, having been alerted of your absence and to the need for extra
Use Common Sense
Common sense will help keep the burglar away. Be aware of the common methods which
burglars use to gain entry, and make sure your entire family understands what to do in
Warn family members to be cautious about giving out information over the telephone.
Burglars sometimes call ahead to learn if anyone is home, who is home, or when
residents are expected to return.
Do not indiscriminately open your home to strangers. A wide-angle door viewer or
peepholes installed in your front door will allow you to see who is outside without
opening the door. Ask for positive identification from repairmen or solicitors who claim to
have business inside your home. If you are suspicious about the caller, telephone his
office for verification.
When you admit a repairmen or salesman do not leave him alone for even a few minutes.
Don't let a stranger inside your home to use the telephone; make the call for him.
Don't leave notes outside your home announcing your absence. Don't leave an extra key
"hidden" outside your home. Don't leave your house keys with your car keys when you
leave your car at a parking lot. Don't attach your name or license number to your house
keys. Lost or stolen house keys which contain such information can be easily traced to
your front door. Never keep large sums of cash or easily stolen valuables such as jewelry
unprotected in your home. Keep valuables you don't often use in a safe deposit box.
Do not be overly communicative about your vacation schedule or even your day-to-day
schedule. Do not tell people you aren't home on the outgoing message of your answering
Put timers on indoor lights, televisions and radios; specifically, look for timers with
random patterns that suggest movement and activity in the house.
Erase the messages on your answering machine often, so it isn't obvious you are out of
Secure all locks on doors and windows, including garage and pet doors.
Use new, quality, long-lasting light bulbs.
Arrange to have your yard maintained, including having your driveway shoveled or lawn
Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail and check the inside and outside of
your house every day.
Do not close all shades and curtains; it will be too obvious that you are away.
Remove the thumb turn from your Captive Thumb turn Deadbolt so that a thief can't
break a window and unlock a door to get in your home.
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