December may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the days after Christmas are also when home burglaries are at their highest.
Michelle Everts tells Channel Six that her family takes all the precautions they can during the holidays.
“We leave lights on and then we close the blinds a little,” says Everts. “We tell our neighbors and then I usually have a friend who spends the night here.”
But its something outside of her home that can easily catch an intruder's attention. While many people get pricey gifts for Christmas, experts say its not a good idea to leave the boxes that they come in out where a potential burglar could see them. The prime targets are at the curb or the side of the house.
The news surprised the mother of four.
“I never would have guessed the trash that people would go through that,” says Everts. “Maybe they go through it to find something to keep, but not to see what you got for Christmas.”
Families should be extra careful around the holidays and remember these tips.
If you can, install a home security system. In addition don’t announce your travel plans on social media sites. Its also important to double check your home's windows and doors to make sure they are burglar-proof. And don't leave your house looking like its gone, keep a car in the driveway and have a neighbor be on the lookout.
It’s also a good idea to also a good idea to write down the serial numbers to any high priced gifts especially electronics, in case they're stolen, so police have an easier time returning a stolen item back to its original owner.