Vacation Watch Request

The Bedford Police Department provides Vacation Watch Requests for residents who are on vacation or out of town for an extended period of time. 

To qualify for a vacation house check, the following criteria must be met: 

  • Owner agrees not to hold the City of Bedford or their agents responsible for any acts of a criminal nature or acts of God that occur to their property while they are away.
  • No other person may be staying at the dwelling in the absence of the resident.
  • The resident’s absence from the dwelling must be more than three days but no more than 14 days.

If the house check application is approved, a uniformed patrol officer or Volunteer In Police Service (VIPS) volunteer will check the windows and doors to ensure the residence is secure. If anything unusual is observed, an officer will investigate further. 

Here are a few security measures to take before you depart:

  • Make sure all your doors, windows, and entryways are secured.
  • Leave lights on in several rooms so the house appears occupied.
  • Have someone you trust pick up your mail and/or deliveries. 
  • Let your trusted neighbors know the dates you will be gone and ask them to report any suspicious activities occurring at your residence to the police.

To begin the Vacation Watch Request, visit the Police Department during normal business hours, M-F, or download the Vacation Watch Request (PDF) and drop off the completed form to the Bedford Police Department, 2121 L. Don Dodson Drive.

If you need to make a change or cancel an existing request, please inform Dispatch at 817-952-2127 and provide your password.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Police Department at 817-952-2440.