For Christmas, one of my neighbors got a 60 inch LCD screen TV. I saw the same TV at Costco for $2000.00. Another neighbor got a Mac Book Pro. I saw this online for $2000.00. Another neighbor got a Nikon Digital SLR camera, and I saw this at Amazon for almost $900.00. These are neighbors I’ve never spoken to, ever. I know this because the boxes were prominently displayed in their trash like trophies one would put on a mantel in their living room.
Trash day is coming and burglars may case your neighborhood looking for boxes where electronics such as computers, flat panel TVs, game consoles and other re-saleable items are. Then, while you are at work, they just break into your home and take it.
It’s pretty obvious whose home and who is not when the lights are off or there is no car in the driveway. All a burglar has to do is ring a door bell to see of you are actually home. If no one answers they jiggle the door knob to see if it’s locked or not. If it’s locked they will head to the back door and jiggle that.
Many times they will walk right in because people are often irresponsible and leave the doors unlocked because they believe “it can’t happen to me”. If the doors are locked they may try a few street level or basement windows. Brazen burglars will not waste any time and may break glass or use a crowbar and forcibly enter the residence.
For post holiday security, use these home security suggestions:
- Lock your doors and windows
- Install a monitored alarm system. Consider ADT Pulse.
- Give your home that lived in look
- Leave the TV on LOUD while you are gone
- Install timers on your lights both indoor and outdoor
- Close the shades to prevent peeping inside
- Use defensive signage
- Store item boxes for at least 90 days because if you have a defective product you will need the box for a return
- After 90 days tear up the box so it’s undistinguishable then recycle or put it in a black trash bag
- Update your home inventory. This is a good time to catalog/document/video tape what you own. Contact your insurer to discuss what they need to properly insure your new gifts.
Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston.