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Police VIPS Can Check Your House While You're on Vacation

Post Date:05/31/2019 3:30 PM

You can rest easier when you're on vacation knowing that you've arranged for the Sausalito Police Department's Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) to do a vacation house check while you're 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 perform. There is no charge for the service.

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
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. 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.

To request a vacation house check, please do one of the following:
  • Fill out the vacation house check online form on the police department website
  • Call the police department at (415) 289-4170 during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Download, print, and fill out a paper copy of the form, then drop it off at the police department during office hours, fax it to (415) 289-4175, or scan and email it to
There are currently 18 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 Citizen's Police Academy.

Any questions about vacation house checks or the Volunteers in Public Safety may be directed to Lieutenant Stacie Gregory at (415) 289-4188 or

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