Repair Help, Vacation Watch Available for Homeowners
Homeowners Reminded of Vacation Watch ServiceResidents who are planning a vacation this summer are encouraged to sign up for the free Vacation Watch residential security checks. This free service will provide inspections of the accessible exterior of registered homes. Officers will check registered residences while homeowners are out of town. While police cannot guarantee they will be able to check residences on specific times or dates, officers will make every effort to perform as many security checks on residents allowed by workload.
To sign up for Vacation Watch, visit the Vacation Watch Web page. Following are some additional tips for keeping the home safe when away for extended periods of time.
• Make sure the house looks "lived in" while away; stop mail and cancel all deliveries or ask a friend to make daily collections
• Hide empty garbage cans • Leave shades and blinds in normal positions.
• Put an automatic timer on several lights and the radio
• Have a trusted neighbor keep property maintained
• Leave a key with a trusted neighbor
• Store valuables in a safe deposit box
• Share departure and return dates with a trusted neighbor; provide them with an itinerary and emergency contact information
• Lock all windows and doors, and double-check garage doors before departure.
- Housing and infrastructure improvements
- Maintaining the city’s existing housing stock
- Providing funding to nonprofits for the expansion of needed human services
Approximately $500,000 has been allocated by the federal government to assist Irving families with the aforementioned needs this year. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must meet certain HUD eligiblity requirements. To learn more or apply for the program, visit cityofirving.org/housing-human-services or visit with Housing and Human Services Department staff at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., or call (972) 721-4800.
Posted July 9