Vacation Watch Program

One item on your preparation list should be to contact the Sparks Police Department to sign up for the “Vacation Watch” program. This free service is provided to residents of the City of Sparks. The program serves to periodically check on your home while you are away. Citizens living within the city limits can be placed on the “Vacation Watch” list by completing an online form, downloading the form below and sending it to us, or calling the Sparks Police Department at the number listed below. Homes will be watched for up to 30 days.

When your home is listed with the Sparks Police Department for a vacation watch, civilian volunteers periodically stop and check on your home. Volunteers may walk around your home to see if there is anything unusual or if there is any apparent damage. If any sign of forced entry or unexpected change occurs, a uniformed police officer will be contacted and an investigation will be conducted. You or your emergency contacts will also be contacted. This is a service to residents inside the Sparks City limits.

Although this is not a guarantee that your home will not be damaged or burglarized, it gives you some added protection. We encourage you to make arrangements with family members, friends or neighbors to also check on your home.

We strongly suggest that you stop all mail and newspaper delivery prior to your departure and that you leave a key with a personal contact or trusted neighbor.

This service is not intended for vacant homes, winter homes, houses for sale or hospital (indefinite) stays.

Any requests regarding vacation watches outside Sparks, Nevada cannot be accepted.

Disclaimer – Notifying the police department that you are leaving your home and the details of your absence will allow civilian volunteers to make extra patrols through your neighborhood. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your home will not be burglarized or vandalized while you are gone.

To request a vacation watch, do one of the following:

Our Community

How We Serve


Neighborhood Watch Groups


Calls for service in 2015


Senior phone patrol members


Received advocacy services


Hours from volunteers

Notice regarding COVID-19

In an attempt to provide the best service we can to our community, the Sparks Police Department will be implementing several preventative measures to help reduce or prevent the exposure and spread of Covid-19. These changes will begin 11/16/2020. This temporary altering and or reduction in services is only temporary and is designed to help reduce exposure to both our community and our employees. The Sparks Police Department is committed to placing our community first and this is an effort to keep our staff healthy and available to assist our community’s emergent needs. These changes in services are only temporary. Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. All Work Permits Fingerprint Cards Additionally, the following services will be provided online or via mail only until further notice: Criminal History Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Case Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Convicted Persons Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Sex Offender Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Our front desk will be open by appointment only. We ask for your patience during this time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

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