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“Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general.

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August 27, 2018 - Vacation Crime Prevention

Posted on November 13, 2018 at 2:59 PM by Kate Berg

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Q: I'm going on vacation should I leave my yard lights on while my family is away on vacation?

 Image of a burglar sneaking in through patio door with the words "I'm going on vacation...ligh

Lighting is a great crime prevention practice and crime deterrent.  I recommend putting your indoor and outdoor lights on timers to mimic your normal day to day routine. You can even schedule your TV to turn on and off at certain times.  I would like to emphasize that neighbors looking out for each other is still the best burglary deterrent. When I go on vacation I let my neighbors know, to keep a watchful eye on my home while I'm away and I do the same for them. I also make arrangements with the Post Office to hold my mail, and place a vacation hold on my newspaper.  Exterior motion lights and proper yard maintenance can also provide deterrence of criminal activity. 

My vacation checklist is:  

1. Place newspaper and mail on hold.

2. Contact my neighbors regarding departure dates and arrange for trash/recycle to be returned to the house.

3. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for packages. 

4. Schedule inside and outside light timers. 

5. Turn off water supply.  

The Red Wing Police Department will also provide free home security surveys.  A security survey is an inspection of your home/business that utilizes crime prevention best practices in making recommendations on how you can best reduce your chances of being a victim of crime.  To schedule a home/business security survey, contact CSO Tim Bohmbach at 651-267-2609. 

Stay aware, stay safe!




1.  National Institute of Justice - Improved Street Lighting https://www.crimesolutions.gov/PracticeDetails.aspx?ID=38


2.  AARP, located online at: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/your-home/info-2018/protecting-home-while-away.html


3.  Minnesota Crime Prevention Association.  http://www.mncpa.net/


4.  National Crime Prevention Association.  http://archive.ncpc.org/programs/national-crime-prevention-association/index.html