WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Thousands of people will go out of town next week to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones.
For that reason, the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of Vacation Home Checks, a service that keeps an eye out on your home while you are away enjoying time with your family and friends.
Annamaria, a Wichita Falls homeowner, said she will be going out of town this holiday season and one thing she won't have to worry about this time is leaving her house empty after hearing about vacation home checks.
"You know you leave your house completely empty," Annamaria said. "I take my dog with me and that would be really great knowing that they are actually looking out for it."
The service offered all year long by the city and WFPD has no charge. During the holidays the number of home check requests increase.
"What we'll do is we have sentinels that work," Sgt. McClure said. "We also have officers as part of their regular patrol will swing by the residence a little more often and keep an eye on thing's."
Sgt. McClure said if they notice something out of the ordinary they will contact the homeowner immediately.
Beverly and Mel, Wichita Falls homeowners, are not going out of town this holiday season but said they will keep this in mind.
"They go above and beyond their regular jobs to come by and pay us a visit whenever we're out of town and protect our belongings," Beverly said.
"It's something that is satisfying and you can go on vacation and not have to worry about your home," Mel said.
To request this service, click here.