BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The measure homeowners can take to add extra security for their next vacation and its just a phone call away. Vacation patrol promises to keep your home safe this summer.
Law enforcement is working to make sure nothing happens to your property.
Both Bakersfield Police and Kern County Sheriff's Deputies offer the service, but not many people know about it. The program is free and bringing peace of mind.
Susan Chan makes every effort to secure her home when she plans a trip out of town.
"If there's going to be a suitcase, I move my car in the garage at night so know one sees it," she said.
A number of burglaries nearby gave her reason to join other neighbors in a neighborhood watch program.
"If anything it really helps create a tighter bond between the police and the people of Bakersfield," she adds.
Chan recently found out about a special service called "Extra Patrol." Its being offered through BPD and KCSO.
"How it works is that whenever a deputy has down time, whenever they are between calls or we have a low call volume that's where they will go first," said Ashely Glover with the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
All homeowners heading for vacation have to do is call either BPD or KCSO and provide a name, address and how long they'll be gone.
"Having a deputy presence is anyone's neighborhood is kind of a reassurance and it also just sends out a message to criminals," she said.
Extra Patrol may not always be guaranteed because of other pressing calls or the lack of resources, but there are some things that can help keep thieves away.
"Have your mail delivery or newspaper delivery canceled for the time you're going on vacation or have somebody pick it up for you. Maybe use some type of lighting in the house where the lights come on and off during the night to make it look like somebody is home," said Sgt. Joe Grubbs with the Bakersfield Police Department.
People may also want to leave a radio or a television set on to make it appear as if someone is home.
You may contact KCSO at (661) 861-3110.
You may contact BPD at (661) 327-7111.
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