The Away from Home Program is an invaluable courtesy service offered by the City of Punta Gorda to its residents. The
primary purpose of the Away from Home Program is to offer vacationing, seasonal, and year-round residents the reassurance
that if a problem exists at their property such as suspicious activity, utility emergencies, or other emergency conditions, the
resident or their designated key holder can be contacted expeditiously.
Members of the Punta Gorda Police Department’s Volunteers on Patrol may also conduct periodic House Checks on your home while you are away and immediately notify you or your designee of any problems or concerns at your residence. Participants can provide contact information
for themselves or a key holder which will enable the Police Department to more quickly remedy emergency situations.
It is important to note that the Away from Home Program is not intended, or designed, to replace home security systems
or other security services. Rather, it is a courtesy service designed to further protect your home and enhance the Police Department’s ability
to rapidly respond to, and remedy, an emergency at the homes of our residents.
Individuals who do not wish to
register for the program online, may contact the Punta Gorda Police Department at 941-639-4111 and speak with a dispatcher
who will enroll them at that time.