Provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
As we enter the holiday season we must keep in mind that criminals are still around and will prey on the unprepared. To help pre- pare citizens for the poten- tial criminal behaviors that are common this time of year this article will focus on home security.
Criminals, especially bur- glars, rely on our predict- able behavior to ensure the success of their crime. This behavior can put us at risk and increase our chances of being victimized. To help prepare citizens for the holi- day and help brake the rou- tine here are some tips for the community that relate specifically to Burglary Pre- vention.
- Unsecured windows are a easy target for burglars. Do not run lighting cords or extension through any window you cannot 100 percent secure.
- Burglars will watch holiday related trash for indication on what gifts may have been received. Cut up all boxes and packaging with identifying panels and bag them in dark colored trash bags.
- Don’t give burglars the chance to dumpster dive. Wait until the morning of trash pick-up to set your trash out.
- Place you holiday lighting on timers so they go on and off on their own. A sure sign that no one is home are holiday lights turned off when they have normally been turned on.
- Try to keep gift boxes out of sight. If a burglar can see the gifts around the tree it may be just the opportunity they were looking for.
- Do not leave gifts locked in your car. Your car is more easily broken into than your home. Find a good hiding place in your home and use it.