Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holidays are for Burglars & Pickpockets Too!

Photo by teachernz

That's right. Burglars and pickpockets have a great time during the holidays too. In fact, the holidays are the best time of the year to sneak into homes or pickpocket in malls. The problem for the rest of us is that we seldom think about this threat because we are too busy planning and buying gifts! But this year, let's make it a point to deter burglars and thieves.

Best thing to have for your home, especially if you are going away for the holidays, are digital timers. Get yourself a few of them and place them around your home. These nifty digital timers will make your house or apartment, seem like it is occupied, by turning lights on and off automatically, during the evening. Burglars like dark houses and avoid ones that look like people might be walking around in them. Digital timers can turn your lamps, TV, stereo, Christmas tree, etc., on and off, making burglars think twice, before they try to enter your home.

Pickpockets are everywhere especially during the holidays. One thing you should try to avoid are very crowded situations. This is heaven for pickpockets, because they can rub against you while at the same time, take your wallet or an item from your purse. Best thing to do if you are going shopping for many items, is to take the least amount of things with you. If you have buttoned or zipped pants or shirts, wear them when you shop. Placing your credit cards or money in hard to access pockets deters pickpockets. Avoid using backpacks while shopping. These are just invitations for thieves. Plus make sure never to leave a shopping bag unattended!

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