How to protect your home and presents this holiday season

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The holiday season is about spending time with family and friends, and of course opening the presents.  But how can you make sure your gifts will remain under the Christmas tree during the holidays?

Paragould Police Officer, Cpl. Jack Haley has several tips you should consider as you're preparing for the holidays. First, always remember to lock the door before going anywhere.

"Dead bolts on your doors that's one of the best locks you can get if your able to put a dead bolt on then by all means put a dead bolt lock on," said Haley.

It's easier for a thief to target a home that looks vacant. Be sure to keep your home as well lit as possible.

"Lights plenty of lights, criminals don't like lights they don't like being seen," said Haley.

If you're worried about the cost to keep your home safe, there's a solution you can consider to keep from having a high energy bill.

"You may want to consider motion detector lights. That way you don't run your energy bill up because your light is constantly on. It's only on when someone or something trips it," said Haley.

The most common mistake people can make is showing off their Christmas tree.

"They want their Christmas tree to be right in front of the window where everybody can see it and enjoy it. That's great but the bad part about that is people that have ill intentions are able to see that as well," said Haley.

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