During the holidays a lot of scrooges start to emerge on the surface. The holiday shopping, all those packages on the doorsteps, and presents under the tree are very tempting for some people. Holiday season burglars can steal the cheer from your holiday season. However, if you stay well-informed about their latest scams you will be able to avoid becoming a victim of theft. Planning on doing some holiday shopping? You better keep an eye out to ensure safety.
One woman in Prince George’s County in Maryland shared her story so that she can help other people avoid falling prey to scams of burglars. There was a photo posted of Facebook which warned people about the newest scam that appeared in her area. She went shopping and came out to her car. Then, she noticed a $100 bill on her windshield. It was counterfeit and she took a photo of it. The photo made its way onto Fox News. If you try to reach for the bill a burglar may try to steal your car while you are distracted.
Follow these tips if you want to avoid theft during the holidays:
- Always leave a light on in the house. Empty houses are targets for burglars. If you’re leaving the house for a few hours, leave a few lights on to make it look like you’re home.
- Lock your car. Many people leave packages in plain sight in the back seat of their car, which makes it a target for burglars. Put packages in the trunk out of sight and make sure you lock your car.
- Don’t Overshare on Social Media. Whether you’re gone for the day, a few days or a few weeks, be careful not to share too much information on social media about your travels. Oversharing on social media will let others know that your house is sitting empty. This is especially important if your profile is public.
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