Dark House Pro­gram

A Sani­bel po­lice pro­gram that helps pro­tect your home

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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.

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