Leaving empty boxes outside that once housed flat-screens, computers, and other valuables is not a good idea. Especially given that burglars likely will be lurking around the corner looking for something nice to steal.
“It’s pretty common that somebody gets a big-screen TV or some other item that has a box (and places the box outside their residence),” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor told the Palestine Hearald-Press. “That just advertises it to the crook what they got for Christmas. They need to cut up these boxes and put them in a bag.”
On the HouseLogic website, produced by the National Association of Realtors, several tips are given to prevent holiday crimes at your home.
1. Do not advertise an empty house: Burglars in New Hampshire recently targeted a home because the occupant advertised to his Facebook “friends” that he was going out of town. Social networks have many benefits, but must be utilized with caution.
2. Always lock your doors: Seems simple, but always lock your doors (even if you are home). Security company ADT estimates that 40% of all burglaries are “no force entries,” meaning that the perpetrator gained entry through an unlocked door or window. Do not make it easy for a burglar.
3. Do not allow easy access to your garage: A Corpus Christi family reportedly left their garage door opener in their unlocked vehicle last month. They awoke to discover thieves used the opener to enter their garage and steal valuable tools, a lawn mower and other items.