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Posted on: February 15, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Add the House Watch Program to Your Vacation Checklist!

Did you know that the Benbrook Police Department offers a House Watch program that is FREE to Benbrook residents? The House Watch program enables Benbrook residents to notify police personnel of short-term absences from their home, which steps up patrol of those identified residences. Examples of when this service can be used include vacations, hospital stays, or any extended period when the home may be temporarily unoccupied.

Many Benbrook residents are already taking advantage of this service during their vacation and holiday travels.

To participate in the program, homeowners can complete and submit a House Watch form at the Benbrook Police Department, 1080 Mercedes Street. The form covers basic information, such as the duration of the stay, any vehicles or pets at the home, emergency contacts, and anyone who is authorized to be at the home during the homeowner's absence. This information is then given to patrol officers who drive by their House Watch locations as their call load allows. On occasion, the officer may walk the premises to check on the property.

"The House Watch program is a great resource, but it should not be substituted for good judgment on the part of the resident. Any time a resident is going to be away, they should be sure to set their alarm system, lock all doors and windows, and take other crime prevention measures." says Benbrook Police Department Community Resource Officer Michael Mullinax.

For more information, contact the Benbrook Police Department at 817-249-1610.  
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