Here's how police can check on your home while you're on vacation

Posted at 4:29 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 16:29:43-04

The City of Tampa wants to remind homeowners that if they're planning their summer vacations to sign up for the police department's Vacation Watch Program.

While you're away a zone officer will check your home if time allows during his/her shift. 

If long term watches are requested (over two weeks) then an officer will stop by weekly. 

This is free a service offered to City of Tampa residents, but its not a guarantee that your home will be safe from crimes. 

Taking it a step further, deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office launched their summer anti-theft initiative where they handed out tools to secure belongings. 

Deputies handed out bike locks, gun locks, steering wheel clubs and thumb drives for serialized property. 

They plan to have a similar handout this summer. 

Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties also offer similar vacation watch programs.