‘Tis the Season for Holiday Theft

December 20, 2005 – Posted at 6:28 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR –  The gifts are under the tree all wrapped with care, but keep your house protected or criminals will take your gifts and share.
“Some of that includes making sure that newspapers don't lie in the driveway the mailbox isn't overstuffed, some of those are clues that no one is home,” said Jonesboro Police Department Sgt. Stephen McDaniel.
Whether you are shopping or out of town, police suggest making sure your house has a lived in look to ensure criminals stay away from your home.
“If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, timers are good for your lights, motion sensor lights, and alarm systems are good,” said McDaniel.
Your trash says a lot about you; electronics are a popular gift every holiday season and criminals know this. In many cases they will see what kind of boxes you have outside of your house as an indicator to what kind of gifts you have inside of your house.
“Our recommendation is that people go ahead and break those boxes down and get them inside the trash can so that they don't advertise those expensive items,” said McDaniel.
But your best defense from theft is those who live around you.
“You really should rely on your neighbors quite a bit make sure your neighbors know what belongs at your house and what doesn't and tell them not to be afraid to call the police if anything looks suspicious over there,” said McDaniel, “If you are staying home for the holidays and something doesn't seem right in your neighborhood a simple call to the police will go a long way. We would much rather get to a call and it turn out to be nothing than you not call and something actually does happen.”