The holidays are approaching quickly, even though it is hard to believe it is time for them again! Already the days are shortening and retailers are displaying more and more holiday dcor for those shoppers who are ready to start the festivities early. Many of us love this time of year. But sadly, so do the crooks among us. This is because the holidays mark that time of year when their job becomes just a little easier for them!
Criminals know that as the holidays approach, more and more people will be shopping and accumulating large amounts of merchandise in their homes and in their cars. It is a dream come true for them, because this merchandise is often clustered in one place. This makes it easier for them to gain access to it and steal it quickly.
As you do your shopping this holiday season, you would be wise to give some forethought to how to keep yourself safe and also how to keep the crooks away from the purchases you are making. It is not difficult to do, but it does take some planning and preparation. It is worth the time you put into it, because it may save you the frustration of being the next victim of holiday crime.
One important action step you can take is to make sure never to put your purchases in the seats of your car. Purchases in the seats of cars are visible to passersby, and a crook may see them and decide to break into your car and steal them. Rather, place them into the trunk so that they cannot be seen by anyone. If your vehicle does not have a trunk, then hide the packages under a seat or lay a blanket or jacket on them.
Another way to keep yourself safe this holiday season is to refrain from placing your purchased gifts under your Christmas tree. This makes sense, because a robber can look in your window and see them there. This gives him a great reason to break into your home. It is a better idea to hide them in a closet. If there are no gifts visible, he may decide to not even attempt a break-in.
And always make sure that the store clerk gives you your bank card back. Some clerks attempt to steal the bank cards of customers, hoping that in the shopping frenzy, it will not be noticed. Make sure that you have your card when you leave the store.
About the Author: Mark Mahaffey can help you protect yourself from holiday crime this season. He is an expert in home security in Carlsbad. Contact Best Security Products to learn more about home alarm systems.