Vacation Watch

The Philomath Police Department offers free vacation/security checks. Complete the Vacation/Security Check Request Form and submit it to the Philomath Police Department at:

1010 Applegate Street
or mail to: PO Box 400, Philomath OR 97370
or fax to: (541) 929-6037

Other vacation/home security tips:

  • Create the illusion that you're at home by getting timers that will turn lights on and off. Lights burning 24 hours a day signal an empty house.
  • Do not let your mail or newspapers pile up. Stop delivery or have a neighbor pick them up.
  • Instead of hiding keys around the outside of your home, give an extra key to a neighbor you can trust.
  • Install outside lights and keep them on at night.
  • Keep your yard clean. Prune back shrubbery and cut back tree limbs from near your home.
  • Clearly display your house number so police and other emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.
  • Make sure every external door has a sturdy, well-installed dead bolt lock.
  • Sliding glass doors can be secured by putting a broomstick handle or a dowel in the inside track to jam the door.
  • Lock double-hung windows with key locks or pin windows by drilling a small hole into a 45-degree angle between the inner and outer frames, then insert a nail that can be removed.
  • Sliding windows can be secured by putting a dowel in the track.
  • When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.
  • All outside doors should be metal or solid wood.
  • Install a peephole in all entry doors. Door chains break easily and do not keep intruders out.
  • Consider purchasing an alarm system. Shop around not all alarms or alarm companies are created equal.
  • Less expensive options include-sound detection plugs and motion-sensing devices.