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Taking a Trip? Set up a Vacation House Check by the VIPS

Post Date:07/21/2017 2:34 PM
Sausalito residents rest easier while on vacation knowing that the Sausalito Police Department's Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) have checked their homes while they are away. The VIPS are a group of dedicated volunteers who assist the Police Department in protecting the Sausalito community. Vacation house checks are just one of the many tasks they do to assist the Police Department.

When the VIPS conduct a vacation house check, they will visit your home and do the following:
  • Check for excessive mail, packages and newspapers
  • Check if all accessible windows and doors are secure
  • Walk your property looking for anything suspicious
If the VIPS notice anything out of the ordinary, it will be reported immediately to the Sausalito Police Department, and an officer will be dispatched to your home.

While conducting a vacation house check, VIPS wear an official VIPS uniform, carry an official VIPS identification card, and drive a marked VIPS patrol vehicle. 

To request a vacation house check, please do one of the following:  
  • Call the Police Department directly at (415) 289-4170.
  • Download and print a vacation house check form. You can drop off the completed form at the Police Department Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., fax it to (415) 289-4175, or photograph it with your mobile phone and email it to
There are currently twenty-six active members of the VIPS. Every member of the VIPS is a resident of Sausalito who has been screened by the Police Department. VIPS are also graduates of the Sausalito Police Department Citizen's Police Academy.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the VIPS, you will need to graduate from the Citizen's Police Academy. The academy is designed to give citizens the opportunity to learn about departmental operations and get to know officers on a personal level. All who live or work in the City of Sausalito are invited to apply for this eight-week program. For more information, please contact Lieutenant Stacie Gregory at (415) 289-4188 or


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