Vacation House Watch Program

The Johnston Police Department offers a residential Vacation House Watch program for Johnston residents that leave their homes unoccupied for periods greater than one week. Due to increasing service demands, the Police Department is no longer able to provide this service for shorter absences from the community. Additionally, the following parameters also apply in order to qualify for this service:
  • Must be a single property residence – no apartments, condos, or row town-homes
  • Homes that are unoccupied due to pending sale do not qualify for the Vacation House Watch program
  • Residences occupied by a house or pet sitter, watched closely by a neighbor or someone who is frequenting the home daily will no longer qualify for this program. We ask that you rely on this person to report suspicious activity to the police as it is observed so that we can best allocate our personnel resources to other proactive policing initiatives.
  • The maximum duration of this service will be four (4) weeks unless the vacation watch is renewed. Renewals may be completed through the online form or requests for extensions made by emailing or calling the Johnston Police Department Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 515-278-2345.
Vacation House Watch

How It Works


The Vacation House Watch program allows residents to sign up and have the Police Department keep an “extra watch” on your residence while it is vacated for an extended period. During your absence, Police Department staff will drive by your residence more frequently to visually check that everything appears to be safe and secure. In addition, an exterior physical security check will be conducted once a week of windows and doors.

The Police Department cannot guarantee the frequency in which your residence is checked or assume any liability should something happen to your home while you are away. As a result, the Department encourages you to follow some additional steps (PDF) before you depart and utilize the Vacation House Watch program as an added layer of protection to help provide some additional peace of mind.