House Watch Program

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For the past several years the Big Spring Police Department has offered the House Watch Program to the citizens of Big Spring. The program is for home owners or residents who are going on vacation or plan to be away from their home for an extended period of time not to exceed 30 days. The Big Spring Police Department House Watch Program is free of charge and while you are away, Police Officers and members of the “Volunteers in Police Service” will monitor your property for inappropriate activity or emergencies.
Enlisting the police department and VIPS to keep an eye out for suspicious activity while you are away from home does not guarantee against loss, theft, damage or mischief but it can be a useful deterrent to anyone who may be considering accessing your home for criminal purposes. To enroll in the House Watch Program you can respond to the Big Spring Police Department Records Division at 3613 W. Hwy 80, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.bigspringpd.net and click on the “House Watch Form” tab, complete the form and then push the submit button. Note: you may have to open the form using “Adobe Acrobat” in order to fill out the form and submit. If you have any trouble using the online form you can easily print the form, fill it out, scan and email it to records@bigspringpd.net. The Big Spring Police Department recommends you complete your House Watch form and have it submitted to records@bigspringpd.net or brought to 3613 W. Hwy 80 Big Spring Texas “attention BSPD Records Division” one week prior to your departure date.

Whether or not you avail yourself of this free service, there are steps you can take prior to departing to safeguard your property…

  • stop mail and newspaper delivery
  • leave shades/blinds in normal positions
  • put automatic timers on lights; set the timers so they will turn on and off at random times in different rooms
  • leave a key with a trusted neighbor in case of emergency
  • lock all windows and doors
  • have someone park a car in your driveway occasionally
  • arrange to have the lawn mowed/snow plowed
  • shut and lock your garage door