Vacant House Watch Request Vacant House Watch – This service is not available to those that will have someone staying at the residence. The homeowner or occupant of the residence must be away for more than three days. A vacant house watch consists of an officer checking the residence and surrounding area for suspicious activity at random times, as time and call load permits. The homeowner or occupant of the location must request a vacant house watch and will be effective for no more than thirty (30) days. If the homeowner or occupant returns early, please contact the police department to take the address off the vacant house list.