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SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The Sylvania Township Police Department has a program in
place to check on residents' houses while they are away.
The house-checking program has been in effect since the
1970s, but not many Sylvania Township residents are aware of the program and
its positive results.
The program helps inform the police department of the
dates of the residents' vacation, as well as letting them know who else has a
key to their home. Police officers then
can patrol their home twice a day - once during the day and once at night - and
look for anything suspicious.
"I think that it would almost be a deterrent if some bad
guys would actually see the police regularly check the house," said Police
Chief Robert Boehme. "You never know what you may come home to."
Police officers not only check for intruders, but also
look at any damages or problems that need immediate attention.
"The program is popular with long-time residents, but
many newer residents aren't familiar with the service," said Boehme.
Chief Boehme has had experience with the house-checking
"When we went around there and opened it, we could hear
somebody inside," said Boehme of one particular home check. "We were able to
get inside and actually wait for the burglar to come to us. We caught a burglar
red-handed in a house, just because we were familiar with the house because we
were doing house checks."
This program runs all year long, residents who are
interested in using the program can call the Sylvania Township Police Dispatch