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Tips to stop burglars targeting your home this holiday season

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COLUMBUS, Ga —  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but unfortunately, the time that now, more than ever, we must be on-guard.  Incidents of home burglaries increase during the holiday season.

News 3 is On Your Side with some simple tips from the Columbus Police Department to help reduce the chances of your home being targeted by criminals.

Having the blinds up on a beautiful, sunny fall afternoon feels like no big deal, right?  Unfortunately, it is.

“Because people will walk through your yard, look through your window, to see what’s going on in there,” says  Major JD Hawk of the Columbus Police Department.

It’s disheartening and terrifying, but during the holiday season burglars target homes more often. But police say by taking a few simple tips, you can reduce the possibility of your home being burglarized.

The first and most obvious tip is keep your doors and windows locked. But one that is perhaps less obvious is avoid making it easy for criminals to know what is inside your home.

“A lot of times, people will go out and buy a 70” inch TV, and then they’ll sit it right there in front of the window where it can be seen, or they’ll stick the box out by the street for the garbage. You’re advertising you just got a new product,” says Major Hawk.

Major Hawk says some people destroy product boxes by tearing them down, before putting them out in the trash.  Also, if you’re going on a holiday trip, install timers on lights inside your home.  Ask someone you trust to watch for strange activity at your place.

“If you have a trusted neighbor, let them know when you’re going out of town, when you’re going to be gone, so they can keep an eye on your house,” says Major Hawk.

And if your trusted neighbor spots a strange vehicle or person lurking around your home, he or she should call police.

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