If You're Traveling
1. Get an automatic timer for your lights.
2. Ask a neighbor to watch your home, and park in your driveway from time to time.
3. Don't forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it's a sure sign you're gone.
If You're Out For The Evening
1. Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone's home.
2. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave,even if it's just for a few minutes.
3. Make sure your garage door is close when you leave your home.
4. Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside.
If You're Shopping
1. Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you.
2. Park in a well-lighted space.
3. Be sure to lock the car and close the windows.
4. Hide valuables including shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
5. Do not leave property in the bed of your pick up truck.
6. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
7. Deter pickpockets by putting your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
8. Deter purse-snatchers by carrying your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Do not leave your purse in the shopping cart while you are distracted shopping.
9. Shop with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
If a stranger comes to the door, beware!
1. Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. And it's not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others' generosity during the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable donations when there's no charity involved.
2. Ask for identification, and find out how the funds will be used. If you aren't satisfied, don't give. Help a charitable organization you know and like instead.