Helpful holiday hints from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones that are finished with your Christmas shopping, but even if you aren’t and will be doing your shopping on Christmas Eve, everyone needs to read this to learn what to do after all the pretty paper is torn away to protect your new purchases.
– Break down the boxes. Don’t put that box for the new TV out on the curb for trash pick up. Doing so is like having a flashing neon sign on your house advertising “New 72″ Flat Screen Here”. If possible, tear the box into smaller pieces and put inside a dark garbage bag, but at the very least fold it inside out.
– Take Pictures. Make sure that you document all of your new big ticket item purchases: Televisions, computers, cameras, gaming systems, etc. The best way to do this is by taking a picture of the product and also a close up of the serial number. At the very least you should maintain a written list of the make, model and serial number of all electronics within your home. Taking pictures of each room within your home and updating those pictures as you redecorate or bring new items in will help you remember what is missing should the unthinkable happen and your home be broken into. Also, photographing your jewelry will allow you to give better descriptions if any is ever stolen.
– Use timers. This time of year you are out shopping and celebrating with family and friends more than usual. Having lights, radios, or anything else that will give the illusion that someone is home turn on or off at intermittent times is a good way to deter break ins. Also, installing motion sensor lights on the outside of your home and security systems are deterrents as well.
– Lock up. Make sure you lock the doors and windows of your home. Also, when out shopping or visiting, make sure you have your car doors locked and windows up.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!