Preventing a Holiday Heist

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 12/24/2013 11:28 pm

The holidays are here but the Grinch might not be the only one who wants to steal Christmas cheer.  Burglars could be waiting too.

“We forget about some of the basic things to protect ourselves and make us safe,” said Pat Melton, sheriff of Franklin County.

Melton says to remember common sense and not make yourself an easy target for burglars.

“If they don't know what's in there, and you don't set it out by the road or anything else they don't have a clue what you got so they're going to look for an easy target,” said Melton.

He says to put the trash out the day it will be picked up.  If you have jewelry or electronics boxes, put them in a bag inside the trashcan, not out by the side of the road.

“That helps from someone stopping by, riding by and seeing that and saying oh well they got a big screen TV, that's a good target for us,” said Melton.

He says to keep blinds or curtains closed so people can’t see into your home and burglars can’t see things they might want to take.

If you will be traveling, Melton says to make sure your car is ready for the trip, pack an emergency kit in case you do break down, obey the speed limit and not to drink and drive.

He also says not to post on social media what you got for Christmas or if you will be out of town.

“People watch that and if they know you're going to be gone then you could become a victim and we don't want that to happen,” said Melton.  

Melton says the holidays are a good time to take an inventory of things in your home in case you are burglarized. He says to take pictures or make a list of expensive items and write down serial numbers.

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