Tips for Preventing Holiday Crimes at Home

Universal Protection Services has released a list of tips for customers to enjoy a crime-free holiday at home. During the holiday season, thieves expect more items and packages to be left in cars and target residents who are spending more time away from home.

“With the rise in Internet purchases during the holiday season, thefts of packages being delivered or left at your front door is also becoming more and more common,” says Steve Jones, executive vice president and COO, Universal Protection Service. “If possible, have those packages sent to your office or a location where someone will be there to sign and receive the deliveries.”

Universal Protection Services recommends the following tips to customers to help reduce the occurrence of residential crime during the holidays:


  • Refrain from openly displaying attractively wrapped presents in your home. After shopping, place purchases in the trunk of your car.

  • Be alert for people who seem out of place, and report any suspicious activity to your local police department.

  • Lock your doors every time you leave the house.

  • Secure checkbooks, wallets and cash; keep these items out of public view. Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your home.

  • Leave a light on in the evening hours, or if you will be returning home in the dark. Use automatic timers or motion detectors on both front and back porch lights.


  • Trim bushes and hedges to make it more difficult for a burglar or robber to hide while you are away from home.

  • When away for any more than a couple of days, stop delivery of mail and newspapers or ask a neighbor to gather your mail and paper.

  • When arriving home, always be alert for anything unusual. If you do not feel comfortable going into your home, leave immediately and find someone who can accompany you.
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