House Watch Program

If you are going on vacation or plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, the Hamilton Police Department will keep a check on your house.

Enlisting the police department to keep an eye out for suspicious activity while you are away from home does not guarantee against theft, damage, or mischief, but it can be used as another tool in protecting your property.


To sign up for the House Watch Program, you must submit a request. For your convenience, we have made the House Watch Program Request available online.  You can also contact the Public Affairs Office at (513) 868-5811, extension 2007.
Police Officer Opening a Door
Other Measures
We suggest these other measures to safeguard your property:
  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery
  • Leave shades/blinds in normal positions
  • Put automatic timers on lights; set the timers so they will turn on and off at random times in different rooms
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbor in case of emergency
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Have someone park a car in your driveway occasionally
  • Arrange to have the lawn mowed/snow plowed
  • Shut and lock your garage door
  • Keep jewelry and other valuables in places other than the master bedroom (this is the first place a burglar looks)
  • Ask a neighbor to put out your garbage cans
Program Notes
  • Please note that enrollment does not create a special duty upon the police department to monitor your home.
  • House checks are not conducted on homes that are occupied for any length of time during the homeowner’s absence.