'Tis the season for safeguarding your home - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

'Tis the season for safeguarding your home

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

This holiday season it seems finding the perfect Christmas gift isn't your only concern. According to officials with CrimeStoppers, this time of year crooks seem to increase their attacks.

We all love putting up Christmas trees and decorating our home for the holidays, but authorities say that actually can be a downfall and make the home an even bigger target.

The reason, thieves are able to see more of what you have. So an easy task, just close the blinds. Even though you may want to show off your tree, if not careful when away, crooks can also see everything that you have under the tree.

If going out of town, don't leave your Christmas lights on. Instead, put them on a timer so they are off during the day.

For some grinches, they don't even have to go inside the home to steal your gifts. Authorities say people are taking packages delivered right from the front porch.  Consider having the order sent directly to the local delivery company's office instead of your home.

"It is very frustrating. You don't want to find out a package you got for your child for Christmas is stolen from the front porch. It's better to just have the packages delivered to the location of the business, so you know they can be okay," stated Tony Garrett, Community Development Director for Central Alabama CrimeStoppers. 

For expensive items, like those nice flat screen TVs, go ahead and write down the serial number, model number, and even engrave it. Officials suggest engraving your drivers license number. With your driver's license number, if the item does get stolen and police find it, they can see the number, look it up, and quickly contact you. 

Those of us who are still at home can do our part to protect the neighborhood. Keep an eye out and report suspicious activity to police immediately.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:31 PM EST2018-02-23 18:31:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>
  • 1 arrested after man seriously injured in Montgomery shooting

    1 arrested after man seriously injured in Montgomery shooting

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:27 PM EST2018-02-23 18:27:44 GMT
    Robert Franklin, Jr. (Source: Montgomery County Jail)Robert Franklin, Jr. (Source: Montgomery County Jail)

    The Montgomery Police Department is investigating a shooting that seriously injured a man Friday morning.

    More >>

    The Montgomery Police Department is investigating a shooting that seriously injured a man Friday morning.

    More >>
  • Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

    Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:37 AM EST2018-02-23 15:37:22 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:27 PM EST2018-02-23 18:27:27 GMT
    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives. (Source: NCAA)Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives. (Source: NCAA)

    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to...

    More >>

    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly