We are just a couple of weeks from the beginning of the holiday season with the arrival of Thanksgiving. Our ever-growing community seems to get busier by the day as we get closer to Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
The holiday season is the best time of the year; it is a time for families to reunite, for friends to meet, and for longtime traditions to continue. I have read where experts say this could be the busiest and most profitable holiday season in quite some time.
Christmastime is the best time of the year for not only you and your family, but for burglars too. Thefts and break-ins often skyrocket during the Christmas season because thieves know that many families leave their homes and cars unattended while on holiday.
To ensure that you keep your home, family, and possessions protected from theft, let me suggest a few time-proven tips.
Everybody gets excited for his or her holiday vacations – especially burglars. Empty houses and apartments are prime targets for thieves. Fortunately, for you, you can fool those thieves into thinking you are home by leaving your lights on, setting your holiday decorations and lights on an automatic timer, and asking the neighbor to check your mail periodically throughout the week. This will give potential intruders the illusion that someone is indeed home.
Anytime you can fool a burglar or thief is a good time!
With the holidays come lots of errands and Christmas shopping. As you rush from store to store, it can be easy to leave your bags, packages, and gifts in the back seat of your car and in plain sight for robbers. Be sure to hide your purchases or put them in the trunk of your car so you do not become a target for theft.
Also, do not forget to lock your car doors, and try to park in a well-lit area. This tip is one I can’t stress enough. It’s truly heartbreaking to answer a call for service where a car window has been smashed, allowing a thief to steal gifts you have worked hard to be able to buy.
Finally, not all thieves enter your home through the front door. Before you leave for your holiday vacations ensure that all your back door, balcony door, front door, windows, garage door, etc. are all locked and secure.
If you have an alarm system, make sure it is enabled and working properly. If you do not have an alarm system, ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye out for you until you return home.
This is an especially good time to be a part of our Neighborhood Watch group. It is simply neighbors watching out for neighbors. If you would like more information, call Lieutenant Bob Hancock at 728-7321, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s work together to make the holiday season of 2017 a safe time. You can be sure we will do our part to make that safety a reality.
Your Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is always ready to assist you in any way possible.
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