Take a bite out of Christmas crime
The Christmas holiday season usually sees an increase in crime as homes fill with gifts and crooks start looking for easy targets to fill out their own Christmas list.
“We just urge people to be a little more cautious during Christmas,” said Houston Town Marshal Billy Voyles. “People need to take precautions year around, but they need to do a few extra things during the holiday season.”
Voyles said it is the little things that make the difference and he offered this list of Christmas anti-crime measures.
* Lock your doors – “Locking back doors, sliding glass doors and windows just makes good sense,” said Voyles. “You just don’t need to make yourself an easy target for a break-in.”
* Turn on more lights – “Crooks hate light,” said Voyles. “Putting up a light outside or just leaving lights on inside when you leave can make a thief go to the next house.”
* Leave the TV on and dog inside – “Crooks also don’t like noise,” said Voyles. “Leaving the TV on may make them think someone is home. A good dog inside or out is also a good way to keep burglars out.”
* Keep gifts hidden – “Don’t put your Christmas gifts out until the last minute,” said Voyles. “It is just too easy for crooks to see a Christmas tree and quickly break in, grab the presents and be gone.”
Voyles suggested empty wrapped boxes to decorate the tree the real presents tucked in a back closet.
* Call the cops – “If you see something going on at a neighbors house or hear something at your house, give us a call,” said Voyles. “We are glad to check it out. It’s better to call us and be embarrassed that you did than to not call and be the victim of a crime.”
* Car caution – “Don’t leave purses or presents in plain sight,” said Voyles. “Put them in the trunk where thieves can’t see them.
“And never leave the keys in your car,” said Voyles. “There are crooks who walk around looking for keys in the ignition and that’s the car they steal.”
Voyles also said his department will be patrolling more neighborhoods this Christmas and dropping in local stores during business hours and checking them for locked doors at night.
“Shoplifters are always a big problem this time of year and getting caught is not worth the fine and possible jail time,” said Voyles. “We get called by local stores every year and are glad to respond.”
Voyles said the key ingredient in stopping Christmas crime is more eyes and ears.
“If someone sees something, please call us,” said Voyles. “If someone hears someone talking about a break-in or theft, we want them to call us, too.
Voyles urged people to call the Houston Police Department at 456-5065 to report a crime or to call 911 immediately if they are a victim.
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