Safe Family: Protecting yourself against thieves this holiday season

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

Decorating for the holiday season is a family tradition in many homes, but are your decorations putting you at risk for burglary? Josh Stevenson has more in our Safe Family report.

The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, even thieves.

"Burglaries of vehicles in the shopping parking lots, and thefts from inside the stores do increase," says Sgt. Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman Police Department.

Leaving newly purchased Christmas gifts in plain sight while your inside shopping for more holiday goodies is an open invitation for a criminal.

"Once you come out of the store put those packages in the trunk, or put them in the back of the car, or somewhere covered up with a coat or a blanket," says Dawsey.

It’s also important to be cautious at home during the Christmas season, because you never know who is watching.

"You know the tree in the big front picture window looks nice with all the presents underneath with it, but it’s also an advertisement for someone who is shopping and not planning on using money and wants to come inside your home," Dawsey says.

Even after Christmas has come and gone, thieves still may be on the lookout for your holiday presents.

"If you’ve got a 46 inch plasma TV you don’t want to put that box out on the curb, advertising and letting everyone know that you have this big nice TV for the taking," Dawsey says.

For more holiday safety tips, check the links below.

On the Web:

http://www.ou.edu/oupd/holtips.htm

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/novtips.cfm

http://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-articles/top-five-tips-from-a-reformed-burglar-256925.html


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