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Town of Odessa, Inc. 1902      

Odessa Police Department

     PO Box 218
105 E First Ave., Odessa, WA 99159

509-982-0141    FAX 509-982-2659

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Dear Town of Odessa Resident,
We are pleased to be able to provide the service of checking your residence while you are away on vacation. There are a few facts of which you should be aware.

  • Vacation checks are done by our officers as a courtesy and as time and manpower permits. Because our activity levels vary greatly so we may not be able to check each home daily. The duration of the vacation check is to be no longer than 90 days; however, it can be extended via phone for another 90 days if needed.
  • We will accept vacation check requests for residences only, but not under any of the following circumstances:
    • When someone will be living inside the residence.
    • When a home is vacant.
    • When a house is for sale.
  • We recommend that you let your neighbors know that you are on vacation and ask that they watch your home and call police if there is any suspicious activity.
  • Please inform us if there is going to be a dog or other animal cared for outside your home. Our officers need to know this so that there are no surprise encounters which could be dangerous.
  • The officers also need to know if anyone will be going inside to care for pets or plants, etc. A surprise encounter of a person inside your home could be hazardous to everyone.
  • If you return home earlier than planned, please go to the police department first to report your return. YOU MUST REPORT IN PERSON. WE DO NOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS AS PROPER NOTIFICATION. (You could be a smart burglar!)
  • Please tell your neighbors that we will be checking your residence from time to time so that they are aware of the purpose of our visits.
  • Please arrange for your premises to look lived-in while you are away. Such things as an uncut lawn, un-shoveled snow, and the accumulation of papers and mail tell a would-be burglar that he has found the right target.
  • RETURN FORM VIA FAX (1-509-982-2659), EMAIL (tclark@odessapd.org), in Person at the Police Department, or drop it off at the Town Clerks office.

The Odessa Police Department hopes that your vacation will be enjoyable for you. We hope that our services and suggestions will make your return uneventful.

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