Dark House Program
A Sanibel police program that helps protect your home
The Sanibel Police Department has designed a safety program to help alleviate homeowners concerns when they are off the island for extended periods of time. For example when homeowners go north for the summer, in addition to maintaining their home-watch and alarm-system security, they can sign up for the “Dark House Program,” which is a free service.
Here’s how it works. A representative of the Sanibel Police Department will conduct an exterior check of the home once a week as staffing permits. Any suspicious findings are documented. If the officer notes suspicious activity, the homeowner or key holder is called and advised of the situation.
To request a Dark House check, homeowners should contact the Sanibel Police Department and provide the following information: Name and address. Dates of departure and return. Name and contact number for the home-watch security company you have under contract. Your cellphone or out-of-state phone number. Any key holder’s name and contact number. Will lights be left on and where? Is there an alarm system? Will pest, lawn or pool ser vices be allowed on the property? Do officers have permission to enter your home in the event of an emergency? When you return to your Sanibel residence, you are required to advise the police that you are back by calling 239-472-3111, which is also the number for more information.
The Sanibel Police Department’s Dark House program does not replace the services provided by your contracted home-watch security company.