I don’t want to bring down the holiday happy, people. As we are all running millions of errands and checking off lists, planning meals and spending time with family, there are thieves paying close attention.
All over the country, the number of robberies increases during the month of December. The other day my son and I were in the family room while my daughter napped and we heard a very loud knock at the door. A persistent knock. I usually don’t answer the door to a stranger when I’m home alone with the kids, but when I peeked through the window and saw a police officer on my door step, I decided it might be worth my while.
Our neighbor just a few doors down had been broken into that day and he was asking if I had seen anything unusual. I had been in and out of the neighborhood all afternoon, but I hadn’t seen anything suspect. My little boy’s eyes were as huge as saucers as he listened to the officer relay the details. I shared his feelings of fear and uncertainty. I would feel so angry and violated if our home was broken into.
So, as we all share in the hustle and bustle of the season, take a few moments to safeguard yourself from those who may not have your best interest in mind. It is the last thing anyone wants to think about during the holiday season, but it is a reality we should all think about.
- Seems obvious, but LOCK your doors and windows!
- Don’t leave your blinds or curtains open so that those outside can peek in and see items inside that may interest them. Hello presents under the tree!
- In the evening, do not let your house be dark. Use timers to keep your house lit, inside and out.
- If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, park a car on your driveway or have a neighbor do so.
- Cancel your paper delivery or have a neighbor collect them for you. This is always a red flag that nobody is home.
- Invest in an alarm system.
Stay safe this winter!