Crime Tracker: Securing Your Home Before Vacation - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Crime Tracker: Securing Your Home Before Vacation

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Giving the illusion that your home isn't empty is the first step in making sure your home doesn't become a target while you're on a vacation. A porch light left on during the day can be a dead giveaway that the people who live there are gone. The Spokane Crime Prevention Unit recommends day-night sensors for your front porch. They turn on when it gets dark and turn off when the sun rises. The Unit also recommends timers for lamps inside the home.

The next tip: calling the post office and asking them to hold your mail. Not only can a mailbox stuffed full of mail clue a predator into the fact you're not home, it also leaves you susceptible to identity theft.

 There are other tips that will make your home appear lived in, as well. The Crime Prevention Unit says you should ask a neighbor to take out the garbage can on garbage day. Being the only house without a garbage can in front of it can tip off crooks. 

It also recommends leaving an old radio on for background noise. The dull noise might make someone lurking around your home think there's someone inside.

Finally, you can even recommend a drive-by from local law enforcement. Senior Volunteers (363 – 8283) with the Spokane Police Department will drive by your home to make sure everything is okay. 

You can make a home check request if you live in Spokane County by filling out a request with the closest S.C.O.P.E. office or at the Spokane County Valley Precinct or downtown desk.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Stolen bike didn't roll away unnoticed

    Stolen bike didn't roll away unnoticed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:31:01 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - When Paul Dannels finished his workout at the Downtown YMCA, he was surprised to see his bike was gone from the bike rack. "I was pretty upset, to be honest...mad, and discouraged, and depressed because I knew I couldn't replace it," said Dannels. A reporter for The Inlander happened to be at the YMCA when the bike was stolen.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - When Paul Dannels finished his workout at the Downtown YMCA, he was surprised to see his bike was gone from the bike rack. "I was pretty upset, to be honest...mad, and discouraged, and depressed because I knew I couldn't replace it," said Dannels. A reporter for The Inlander happened to be at the YMCA when the bike was stolen.
    >>
  • Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State after U.S. journalist beheaded

    Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State after U.S. journalist beheaded

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:15:08 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American.>>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American.>>
  • HEALTH ALERT: Peanut butter recall for salmonella

    HEALTH ALERT: Peanut butter recall for salmonella

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:50:34 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The FDA announced a peanut butter recall on August 19th. nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. >>>LINK TO RECALL LIST INSIDE>>>>>
    KHQ.COM - The FDA announced a peanut butter recall on August 19th. nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. >>>LINK TO RECALL LIST INSIDE>>>
    >>
  • CrimeTrackerMore>>

  • Don’t Be Easy Target For Intruders

    Don’t Be Easy Target For Intruders

    Thursday, May 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-05-22 18:04:47 GMT
    Spokane Police say a man broke into a home late Wednesday morning through a back door and threatened the man who lived there with a gun. It happened near the intersection of Crestline and Wabash in Northeast Spokane.>>
    Spokane Police say a man broke into a home late Wednesday morning through a back door and threatened the man who lived there with a gun. It happened near the intersection of Crestline and Wabash in Northeast Spokane.>>
  • Fugitive Friday: Wanted: Art Towers

    Fugitive Friday: Wanted: Art Towers

    Friday, June 13 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-06-13 16:20:32 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The KHQ Crime Trackers are helping the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office track down a fugitive on the run. His name is Art Towers. He also goes by the name of Arlington Torres. The 60 year old faced an original charge of sexual battery of a child. He’s 60 years old. He’s 5’7’’ and 185 pounds. Towers has brown and gray hair and brown eyes.>>
    KHQ.COM - The KHQ Crime Trackers are helping the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office track down a fugitive on the run. His name is Art Towers. He also goes by the name of Arlington Torres. The 60 year old faced an original charge of sexual battery of a child. He’s 60 years old. He’s 5’7’’ and 185 pounds. Towers has brown and gray hair and brown eyes.>>
  • Crime Tracker: Fence Business Booming Because Of Crime

    Crime Tracker: Fence Business Booming Because Of Crime

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-06-11 17:46:23 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Business is booming for Moran Fence Incorporated in East Spokane. The company says it can’t keep up with growing demand. People are turning to Moran Fencing to fence their property and keep intruders out.Spokane Oxarc has invested $100,000 into fencing around its property. It’s even hired Moran to put up two layers of razor ribbon.
    >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Business is booming for Moran Fence Incorporated in East Spokane. The company says it can’t keep up with growing demand. People are turning to Moran Fencing to fence their property and keep intruders out.Spokane Oxarc has invested $100,000 into fencing around its property. It’s even hired Moran to put up two layers of razor ribbon.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • PENTAGON CONFIRMS: Foley rescue attempt failed earlier this summer

    PENTAGON CONFIRMS: Foley rescue attempt failed earlier this summer

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:16:50 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon released information about a rescue operation to free James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria by Islamist militants. Several dozen troops flew in by helicopter, but couldn't find the hostages. One of those hostages was James Foley.>>
    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon released information about a rescue operation to free James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria by Islamist militants. Several dozen troops flew in by helicopter, but couldn't find the hostages. One of those hostages was James Foley.>>
  • Spokane Police work to implement body cameras

    Spokane Police work to implement body cameras

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:23:21 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department plans to equip 15 to 20 officers with body cameras starting the first week of September. Police Chief Frank Straub says his team still has a lot of details to work out, but that this is something that has been on their radar for quite some time.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department plans to equip 15 to 20 officers with body cameras starting the first week of September. Police Chief Frank Straub says his team still has a lot of details to work out, but that this is something that has been on their radar for quite some time.>>
  • Father of Rebecca West speaks about potential release of Michael Tarbert: 'It's been a living hell'

    Father of Rebecca West speaks about potential release of Michael Tarbert: 'It's been a living hell'

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:32:40 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Michael West cannot believe that the man suspected of killing his daughter Rebecca may once again walk the streets of Spokane.“It's very unacceptable to me,” West told KHQ. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Michael West cannot believe that the man suspected of killing his daughter Rebecca may once again walk the streets of Spokane.“It's very unacceptable to me,” West told KHQ. “A 55-year-old man is able to go home to his family, and my daughter can't come home to her mother. I'm very surprised.” West says his daughter's death destroyed his family. >>