This holiday season don’t let the spirit of giving distract you from the potential dangers of burglars from doing their dirty work. Criminals enjoy the holiday season, because it is an opportune time for crime. We would like to remind you to be extra cautious of your surroundings, not only within your community, but also when shopping this season.
WHEN AT HOME
Keep your doors and windows locked. Consider how much of your residence you are exposing to anyone passing by when you have blinds or curtains drawn. Be aware that this is inviting, whether you are home or away.
OUT FOR THE EVENING
Turn on your lights, maybe even the radio or T.V. so it appears as though someone is home. Do not display gifts where they may be seen from the outside.
If possible, get an automatic timer for your lights. Coordinate with a neighbor to watch your home, whether they watch from afar or give them a key. Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped, if it piles up, it is a sure sign you are away!
While you are out shopping be aware of what is going on around you. Park in a well-lit space, be sure to close the windows and lock your car. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, pay with check or credit card whenever possible. Deter purse snatching by carrying a purse close to your body, avoid purses that dangle from the body by a strap.
AFTER THE HOLIDAYS
After the holidays burglars know that many households have new and expensive items inside. Avoid leaving boxes of new electronics and other items in the alley or garbage pick-up locations. Instead, break down boxes and wait to place them outside the evening before you regular garbage pick-up.
The holidays are a good time to update or create a home inventory. Take photos or make videos of your new items. Keep a description and serial numbers of all your new items. If your home is burglarized, you will already have a detailed inventory that can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file!
Remember, if you witness any suspicious behavior or have any concerns regarding your safety, please notify your local law enforcement or management office! From Taylor Morrison to your home, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season and a wonderful New Year!