From Montville and vacationing? Police will watch your home

MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — If you go on vacation, you may want to let the Montville Police Department know before you go.

Sgt. Gary Galdenzi and the officers he supervises are always on alert when they’re on patrol. Galdenzi says, “You become very knowledgeable of your beat of your patrol area. What vehicles are common, what vehicles are uncommon [at a] time of day.”

They’ll also keep a keen eye on your home when you’re away. All residents have to do is call the police department and tell them when they’ll be gone and during roll call on all three shifts – officers will add those homes to their patrol checks.

“Patrol check could be anything from just driving by the residence to actually getting out of the vehicle and walking around the house,” says Galdenzi.

Folks just have to make sure officers know of any dogsitters, housesitters, or workers who may be around. Otherwise, Galdenzi says, “If there’s a vehicle in the driveway that’s not supposed to be there, that obviously puts us on alert and we may ask for backup and again just kind of do a walk of the perimeter, just to identify that the proper people are on site.”

Your home will get extra attention morning, afternoon, and overnight. Sgt. Galdenzi believes the patrols themselves discourage potential burglars who may be staking out a house.

He says, “If someone’s planning some illegal activity it kind of throws them off as far as planning purposes and there’s nothing to say that we won’t just circle back and come right back through.”

“Protecting a growing community” is the police department’s motto. If you want your Montville home checked on while you’re on vacation, just give the department a call at 860.848.6500.

Folks in other towns can give their police department a call to see if they provide the same service.

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