Providenciales, TCI, November 21, 2016 – This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars a better chance to do their dirty work. Thieves love the holidays as much as everyone else because it’s an opportune time for crime. Nothing can ruin the Christmas spirit fast than becoming the victim of a crime.
Burglars view the holiday season a little differently- for them, it’s a time of opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards, gifts or anything of value. From Thanksgiving to Christmas these are times of year during which many of us will be busy shopping. We must not forget that criminals will also be out and about looking for easy targets to steal from.
The following are a few strategies that will help you enjoy the festive season without incident.
Protecting your home
- Make sure windows and doors are locked
- Have locks all keyed the same
- If you have a security door, lock it by using the key when you are home.
- Engrave your property
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed
- Put away tools, gardening equipment and ladders, thieves may use these to gain access
- Remember to lock garden sheds and garages
Protecting your home when you are away
- Use a timer to turn on lights, radio or television
- Ask a neighbour to collect your newspapers and mail
- Never leave a key hidden outside, leave it with a neighbour, family or friend
Whilst doing your Christmas shopping
- Bag and purse snatching is a common crime. It can happen anywhere. Stop the bag snatcher by always carrying your bag over your shoulder and tucked down the arm.
- To discourage purse-snatchers, don’t overburden yourself with packages. Have our purchases delivered whenever practical.
- Do not leave your bag in the shopping trolley.
- Shop before dark if possible. Coordinate shopping trips with friends.
- Lock your parcels and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk.
- Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed and ensure valuables are out of sight.
- Have your keys readily available in your hand before you go to your car.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
- Pay for purchases with credit card, or debit card when possible
- Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.