LTN Staff Reports
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office recently issued a press release with the following tips on how area residents can best secure their homes this holiday season:
It’s too tempting for burglars to break windows and snatch wrapped packages. Therefore, don’t openly display Christmas tree and gifts in the front window where they can be easily seen from the street.
Burglars know to look for a hidden door key near the main entrance to your home. As a result, do not hide spare keys under rocks, flowerpots or above ledges on the porch or door. Instead, give the spare key to a trusted neighbor.
Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked windows and doors including sliding windows that can be seen from a distance. Often times, people run extension cords to exterior Christmas lights through a window, preventing it from being secured.
Burglars look for occupancy clues including outdoor lights that burn 24 hours a day. They also look for piled up newspapers or advertising fliers hanging on door knobs.
When headed out of town for the holidays, keep one’s home looking the way it typically does. Burglars prefer to break into homes that are unoccupied because if caught in the act, it’s considered by law to be less of a crime than if they were to burglarize an occupied home.
Don’t leave telephone answering machine messages that reveal out-of-town plans (i.e “We are away for the Christmas holidays; please leave a message.”) Such messages alert burglars they’ll have plenty of time to break-in and ransack a home.
After Christmas day, don’t pile empty boxes from computers, DVD players or stereo equipment on the street for garbage pickup. The practice sends a message to burglars there are expensive gifts inside a home.