Preventing Theft During The Christmas Holidays Protect Your Home

Dated: 12/24/2018

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There are signs that the holidays are approaching: there’s a chill in the air and a blaze in the fireplace; cocoa has become the drink of choice; decorations are popping up on houses and shops throughout the neighborhood, and carols can be heard on local radio stations. 

You are undoubtedly busier than usual preparing for your own holiday celebrations, but don’t be so absorbed in the holiday tasks that you ignore safety and crime prevention. Christmas is a joyous time of year for many, but for thieves, it can also be a prosperous time of year, given the volume of gifts being purchased, transported and stored. 

Don’t allow your holiday to be ruined by a theft that can be prevented. By taking precautions, you can avoid becoming an easy target for thieves. 

As you are walking through shopping malls and stores during the holidays, so are burglars. They are looking for customers who might be easy marks for a theft. Don’t help them succeed! 

Be conscious - Be aware of your surroundings at all times; don’t hesitate to report anything suspicious to the mall or store security. 

Hang on - Keep hold of your purse and your packages at all times. Leaving them unattended, even for a moment, makes them ripe for snatching. 

Bare is best - Don’t leave items in your car when it’s parked in mall parking lots or at shopping centers. Why tempt thieves to break in?

No relays - Don’t return to your car regularly with packages while you’re shopping. If someone is casing the parking lot, seeing packages being stored provide the thief with the clues he needs to scoop up some valuable merchandise. 

Lights on - Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas. 

Short-term storage - Don’t store packages in your trunk for a long period of time. 

Spidey sense - If someone looks untrustworthy or a location looks dicey, avoid walking nearby.

Enlist help - If you’ll be away from home for the holiday period, ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on the house, collect mail and park a car in your driveway to give your home a lived-in look. Arrange to have your sidewalks and driveway shoveled in the event of snowfall while you are away. 

Key information - Don’t hide a spare key outside your home. Burglars know all the hiding places. Instead, give a spare key to a trusted friend or neighbor who will be in town when you return from vacation. 

Document purchases -If you’re buying expensive gifts for others, use your cell phone to snap photos of the items and record their serial numbers. Keep the receipts somewhere safe in case you need to show them to the police. 

Cardboard confetti - Tear gift boxes into small pieces and stuff them near the bottom of the trash bin. Why advertise all the expensive presents you have just received? 

Be un-Social-ble - If you’re out of town, don’t post photos on social media advertising that you’re away. Why make your home a target? Your friends will be just as happy to see your photos once your return. Reading these tips may make you feel gloomy, but don’t worry. 

If you take these precautions, it’s unlikely you’ll have to worry during the holidays. Remember the old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

Happy holidays!

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Gina Vazquez

My name Yadira “Gina” Vazquez also known as JerzyGna and I’m a Florida REALTOR®, my office is located at 264 Central Ave Winter Haven, FL. I hold a Community Association Manager (CAM) License a....

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