It may come as a surprise but there is usually a rise theft during the holiday season, specifically during late November and early December. This is when many people are stealing items to either sell them before the holiday season or re-gift them for their own use. Thankfully Officer Victor Kwong stopped by to share his expert tips on how to protect our homes and valuables during the holiday season.
Break Down Recycling
Break down your boxes when they're at the curb so you aren’t advertising everything you just received. Turn the cardboard boxes for any big ticket items inside out when you put them in your recycling. This way no one will know what gifts you got for the holidays.
Turn Off Geotagging
Turn off the geotagging on your photos so thieves can’t see what you got and find out where they need to go to steal it. The popularity of social media has sky rocketed and you’d be surprised by the number of people who use geotagging to plan their burglaries.
Turn On Security
If you don't have privacy settings on your social media, do not post things like "Gone to Jamaica for two weeks. See ya!" By doing this, you’ve pretty much advertised that your home is vacant for two weeks. Make sure your privacy settings are high so only your close friends and family can see personal updates.
Vacation Home Staging
Compared to the technology and social media tips, this one may seem a bit old fashioned, but it's still very important! While on vacation, do anything to make your home appear as though it is lived in. Have the driveway and sidewalks shovelled, put the lights and TV/radio on timers and definitely arrange to have your mail picked up. Nothing says "we're away on vacation" like a mailbox stuffed with mail.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
During the holiday season, it is a well-known fact that shoppers drop off their purchases in their cars. Make sure you keep all purchases in the trunk so on first glance, the car appears empty. A thief is more likely to break into a car with products in plain view than into one to see if there's anything in the trunk. Also, remember to lock your doors.