Magazine article USA TODAY

Security Tips for the Holidays

Magazine article USA TODAY

Security Tips for the Holidays

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Movies like "Home Alone" may make burglars look dumb, but the fact is that homes full of gifts are attractive targets for smart thieves. too. The holiday season's increase in holiday travel. shopping, and the hauling home of millions of dollars in electronic equipment and other gifts brings an increased risk of robbery and burglary.

To reduce the risk of loss during the holidays, the Security Industry Association suggests that you don't display presents where they can be seen from a window or doorway, and store gifts away before leaving the house or taking a trip. Moreover, closing drapes or blinds even during short visits away from home is a good habit.

According to a Gallup poll, 22,-000,000 people will go away during the holidays. That's a lot of unattended homes. It is important to trick burglars into believing someone is home. Having lights on timers, stopping mail and newspaper delivery, and arranging can, shovel the walk, and park a car in the driveway are important security measures.

Con artists may take advantage of people's generosity during the holidays by making appeals for nonexistent charities. …

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