Prevent criminals from breaking into your home this holiday season

Prevent criminals from breaking into your home this holiday season

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by MIKE HANSON / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It’s almost time to go to Grandma’s house. While you may have some time off to celebrate, thieves, however, do not ever take a break. 

So before you go there are 6 things that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants you to do to help prevent your home from being broken into. 
 

  • Have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers.
  • Number two goes with number 1, have your neighbor roll out and put away your trash bin.
  • Place some lights on a timer during the evening.  Timers can be found at most stores and are relatively inexpensive.
  • Leave a radio, or television on with enough volume to be heard throughout the home.
  • Safes are effected police say, so use one for your valuable jewelry, and especially any guns you own.
  • Do an inventory of all your valued items.  Make, model, and serial numbers are key.


These may seem like very basic things, but Officer Craig Allen with the CMPD Crime Prevention Team tells NBC Charlotte, it is the little things that make a big difference.

 “They’re opportunists,” he says. “They’re just trying to get in, get a couple of things -- whether it’s a television, those seem to be popular. Anything they can sell quickly on the street, or a pawn shop, things of that nature.”

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