Home burglaries and theft of your valuables can happen to the most prudent individuals. During the holidays, we’re distracted by visitors from out of town, family members, parties, shopping and a thousand other things.
The bad guys know this, and make a living hoping you’ll let your guard down.
Preventing theft and falling victim to crime often can be just a matter of being aware and taking a few extra steps.
Here are some helpful tips we’ve collected from some of Orange County’s top security experts:
- Do not advertise expensive gifts you’ve received by placing the empty boxes out on the curb for trash and recycle pickup. Instead, break the boxes into small pieces and place them in the bottom of the can.
- Don’t let mail or papers stack-up. Stop mail and newspaper delivery while you are away.
- Let a neighbor know you will be gone and that there will be no one coming and going from your home.
- Place your lights and a TV on a timing system so the house does not stay dark and it sounds like someone is home.
- Make sure all your doors and windows are locked.
- Never leave a note on your door indicating you are gone and don’t leave a hidden key outside.
- Install outside exterior motion lighting.
- Forward your home phone calls to your cell. Thieves will sometimes call your home to see if you are there.
- Posting your plans on Facebook, or anywhere else online (and how long you are going to be gone) can present a serious problem. “What you are buying”, “who you’re with” and “where you are” posts leave you and your home open for burglary.
- Many city and county law enforcement departments offer free property checks. Contact your local law enforcement to see if this service is offered. If you do sign up, don’t forget to tell them if you will have someone else checking on your home as well.