If you’re planning on going on vacation, you should ask a trusted neighbour or friend to do periodic spot checks of your home. You can also use the free Vacation Spot Check service from the Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP.
The service is available to residents of single-family homes, semi-detached homes, duplexes and townhouses. For now, it’s only available to residents who will be away for at least one month.
Here’s how it works.
vCOP members will visit your home and check for signs of forced entry, like broken windows, open doors, or torn screens. They’ll also remove flyers, circulars and newspapers from the front steps. They won’t take away your mail. You’ll need a trusted neighbour or friend for that, or you can ask Canada Post to hold your mail while you’re away.
If your side and back yards are accessible, the vCOP members will walk around you property and inspect those areas, too. If they spot any signs of forced entry during the inspection, they will notify the police.
To sign up for this free service, complete this form.
As the founder of vCOP 10 years ago and City Councillor responsible for this incredible service I am so pleased to have these invaluable services rolled out to our residents. Once our volunteers are running the Vacation Spot-Check routinely and smoothly, and we receive positive feedback from our first months of the program it will be extended to residents vacationing for less than 30 days.