1.) Be wary of displaying your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window where they are easily visible from the street. Burglars look for easy entry and it can be tempting for them to smash the window and grab your wrapped packages.
2.) When decorating with outdoor lights for the holiday season, opt for solar or battery operated lights or install outdoor electrical outlets. A common mistake many festive decorators make is to feed extension cables through partially opened windows to power outdoor lights. Burglars look for easy access to your home and unlock windows and doors may look like an invitation.
3.) To help ensure you don’t have a fire this holiday season, use lights that have a label by an independent testing laboratory such as U.L. and always turn off holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
4.) Social Media is a commonly used tool for scouting potential targets. Avoid posting on Facebook and Twitter that you are out of town for the holiday season.
5.) If you are going out of town for the holidays, don’t forget to cancel newspaper subscriptions and have the post office hold your mail. To make your home appear “lived-in” arrange for a neighbor to park in the drive and make use of timers that can turn on/off lamps.
6.) After the holidays, don’t let empty gift boxes pile up. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have a new computer, gaming system, tablet, or other expensive gifts for them to steal. Break down your boxes or look for a trusted recycling center.