As a Mason City resident, you may request your home be added to a vacation house checklist while you're away or on vacation. This makes us aware of the house being vacant and provides us with important information should a problem arise. Officers are given a list of homes to watch in their areas and when time permits they will do a perimeter check, a physical and/or visual check of all doors and windows, a verification of vehicles left on the property, and a verification of any people found on the property. For ideas on how to better prepare your house for a vacation click here: Preparing Your Home for Vacation.
To request your house be added to the watch list, complete a Vacation House Check Application and return it to: Mason City Police Department, 78 S. Georgia, Mason City, IA 50401 or contact Melinda Severs at (641) 421-3650. Please remember that police will try to check your house when they can but the frequency of these checks will be limited by staffing levels, calls for service, and other commitments.