As you head out for shopping deals, make your online purchases and plan your travel, these important safety reminders will help detour thieves from targeting you.
Require a signature on all package deliveries.
Have packages delivered to an area out of eyesight from the street like a side or back door.
Have your packages delivered to your place of work.
Set up an alert for delivery so you know when your package arrives and bring it inside as soon as possible.
Have packages held at the post office or stores for pick-up.
While out Shopping
Do not post on social media that you are out. Thieves use social media to find out when people won't be home.
If possible, do not carry a purse. Purses are easily snatched when you are distracted while shopping or at lunch. Take necessary money/credit cards and a Drivers License and place them in your front pants pocket.
Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk.
Thieves watch to see if you put packages in your car and go back into the mall or store. If you have to drop off a load of gifts at your car, move your vehicle to a new parking spot.
Once the Presents are Home
Do not leave presents or packages visible from the front door or windows. This creates a temptation for thieves.
Break-down all boxes before putting them out with your recycling. Large boxes at the curb advertise what new items are inside your house.
Update your Operation Inventory Log Sheet. In the unfortunate event your presents are stolen, you can provide law enforcement information about the items taken.