Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break Tip: Lock it, watch it & report it.

Vacation House Check is a service provided by the Kent County Sheriff's Office using our Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS). This service is offered to members of the Alpine Township community as well as others that live within the police jurisdiction of the Kent County Sheriff's Office.

Residents can sign up for this service here.

Sheriff Larry Stelma gives the following advise to those leaving for Spring Break:

Next week is spring break for most school districts in Kent County. With that, many residents will be leaving town for a week or more. If you are leaving town, make sure that your trusted neighbors are aware so they can keep an eye on your home. Also, have a trusted friend or family member periodically check your home. You may also register your address with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Vacation House Check for random exterior security checks (


Remember to keep all doors and windows locked and interior lights on (preferably on a timer) and keep valuables out of sight and locked up. Make sure that your mail and newspapers are picked-up or temporarily stopped. Make it look like you are home.

For those of you who are staying home, keep an eye on your neighborhoods. Be aware of any out of the ordinary cars or subjects, especially at or around vacationing homes. If you see anything suspicious call the sheriff’s department with a description and/or license plate.


Kent County Sheriff’s Department: 632-6100 or 9-1-1.


As always, you can stay informed about crimes in your neighborhood by checking

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