Message from the Chief Commissioner

Crime Prevention & Community Safety

Absence from residence

Release date: Fri 18 May 2018

Last updated: Thu 2 August 2018

Absence from residence

You can be absent from your residence for a number of reasons. It is important to be proactive about keeping your residence and community safe, especially if you are going away for an extended period of time.

Police stations have an absence from residence register, where you can provide your contact information and the times and dates that you will be away.

This information is useful to police and could be used to contact you and /or your emergency contact in case of an incident at your residence or to perform checks in the area during usual patrols.  Due to the dynamic nature of calls for police services, Victoria Police cannot guarantee that police will attend your residence during your absence. If using this service, be sure to notify police when you return, especially if returning earlier than planned

Ways to register

There are two ways to register your absence from residence.


You can register with Service Victoria, which the Victorian Government has created to make it simpler and easier for you to get things done. 


At your local police station

Related information

For more information on keeping your home safe while you are away refer to the resources below:


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