With summertime official underway, many families are looking forward to having quality time together and making memories with a well-deserved vacation.

Before you put that final suitcase in the back of your vehicle and pull out of the drive, I’d like to remind you of a few tips to help prevent your absence from becoming an opportunity for would-be burglaries:

Keep all doors closed and secured, including garage doors and set any security alarms.


Arrange for mail and newspaper delivery to be stopped or picked up by a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor.


Leave on some interior lights. Use timers if possible.


Let a trusted neighbor know your vacation plans and how you can be contacted in the event of an emergency.


Don't post travel plans or make posts about your vacation fun on social media until you're back in town.


Holmes County residents may also request that a deputy patrol their neighborhood and perform courtesy property checks while they are away. To request this free service, call the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office at 850-547-3681 (option 1).

Speaking of summer fun, our summer camp is set to take place the week of July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holmes County Agricultural Center.

We have 60 spots open for children ages 6-12 in this fun-packed

day camp which will offer various outdoor activities, as well as team and self-esteem-building exercises. Lunch, snacks, and transportation (if needed) will be provided. This is a collaborative effort between the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

Pick up a registration form at the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, located at 211 N. Oklahoma Street in Bonifay, or from any WINGS program deputy.


If you would like to submit general questions about Sheriff’s Office related topic to Sheriff John Tate, email: