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Four nights a week, Tyler Swerlein's office is his patrol car.   The Walbridge officer makes regular neighborhood rounds and responds to incoming calls.  During his shift, he also completes residence checks.

"We check doors, we walk around the residence," says Swerlein.  "If they don't want us to walk around the property or shake the doors because they have an alarm system, we'll do extra patrols in that part of the neighborhood."

The residence check service is free for all Walbridge residents who want police to monitor their homes while they're on vacation.   All they have to do is fill out a form, call the department or send officers a message through the department Facebook page.

Residents tell police the dates they'll be gone and what they want officers to check.   Police make random rounds to the empty houses to make sure everything is in place.   It's a service they've offered for years.

"No I hadn't heard about it, I think it's good thing, especially for the elderly," says Laura Lytle.  ""If I was ever going to go out of town I would definitely let the police know." 

Residents can give police as little as two hour notice that they'll be gone.   It's a simple yet important service that eases peace of mind and keeps neighborhoods a little safer.

"I think that's one of the main reasons people like living here in the community is because they have that sense of security and they feel safe," says Swerlein.

The forms can be picked up and filled out at the Walbridge Police Department at 111 N. Main Street.  You can also call the department on the non-emergency line to get information, that number is (419) 666-1447.  Officers can also be reached through the WPD Facebook page.









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