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Palm Coast, Sheriff's Office partner to raise awareness of Vacation Watch program

A uniformed FCSO Citizen Observer Patrol member will perform security checks for residents who are out of town.
by: Shannon Martin City of Palm Coast, Public Information and Engagement

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office's Vacation Watch program offers free home security checks for residents who are out of town.

The city of Palm Coast has partnered with the FCSO to create a new Public Service Announcement video to create awareness of the program ahead of the holidays. (View it at

The PSA stars FCSO Commander Mike Lutz and Community Engagement Coordinator Shannon Sandberg as a Palm Coast couple who are planning to go out of town on vacation.

Lutz tries to assure Sandberg that his home-made "security system" of "Home Alone"-inspired booby traps will keep their home safe, but Sandberg suggests they use the FCSO's Vacation Watch program instead. After a mishap with one of his traps, Lutz agrees, and the video tells the viewer how to sign up for it.

“The Vacation Watch program is a wonderful tool to have at our residents’ disposal, not just during the holiday season, but all year round,” Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin said. “Our communications team did a wonderful job putting this PSA together, and I hope that after seeing it, more residents will take advantage of this excellent and free program!”

The checks are performed by uniformed FCSO Citizen Observer Patrol members, who notify homeowners is a security breach is observed.

“The Vacation Watch program is made possible due to the tremendous efforts of our C.O.P.s, who really go above and beyond to give back to their community,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “While the Vacation Watch program cannot guarantee the safety of your home or guarantee no damage while you are away, it is a preventative measure that would serve as a way of detecting damage or a security breach sooner rather than later.”

To sign up, visit the FCSO's Palm Coast District 2 Office at 14 Palm Harbor Village Way, or go to and click the "C.O.P. Vacation Watch Request" tab on the lefthand side of the screen.

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