Graettinger: Sun City Posse Vacation Watch impacts community safety

By Diana Graettinger

That is one of the reasons I like being a member of the Posse, because it is devoted to helping our residents. We are very lucky to live in a community where all it takes is about five minutes of our time, but in the end provides us with hours of peace of mind while we are either on vacation or away from our homes for a while. The program is free to all Sun City residents whether they are gone for a week or for several months.

Diana Graettinger

Anytime I know I am going to be away, I pick up a blue card from Posse headquarters, 10861 W. Sunland Drive, the Sun City Visitors Center, 16824 N. 99th Ave., any of the recreation centers or at the RCSC office at Lakeview Recreation Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd. The card asks for a homeowner or renter’s name and address, the period of time the residence will be unoccupied and an emergency contact person. You then turn the card in to the Posse and enjoy peace of mind knowing that someone is watching out for you.

If you have already left, don’t fret, the Vacation Watch program is now online, so all you do is go to the Posse’s website at and print out the form and mail it to the Posse.

Once the Posse has the pertinent information on file, one of our patrol personnel will visit your house the next day and check to make sure all windows and doors are secure. They will remove any newspapers in the driveway and throw away all business cards, pamphlets and other items stuck in the door.

“It is a great time to check and make sure that all entrances, doors and windows, are secure,” Cmdr. Danny Moore told me.

After the initial visit, the house will be checked by one of our patrol officers on a regular basis. Our goal is to look at every house about every two weeks. We also watch for any possible water leaks or any other problems. In the event a problem arises, we notify the key holder, emergency contact listed on the card and/or homeowner.

In addition, if the house is broken into, we immediately notify the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy is dispatched to the house to investigate.

During the summer months, patrol officers can visit on average around 125 houses day.

Although the service is free to all residents, donations help. We do not depend on taxpayer money, but operate because of the generosity of our residents. A lot of people donate when they turn in their cards. Believe me, any donation, no matter how small, is appreciated. Donations can also be made in-person at or mailed to the Posse headquarters.

Editor’s Note: Diana Graettinger is Sun City Posse public information officer.

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