The holiday season is in full swing and families and friends are coming together to celebrate with one another. It’s also the time of year when families and friends are extremely generous and practice the tradition of gift giving.
This is also a time of year when burglars will target your residence for valuables such as electronics, jewelry and cash. All those items can easily be sold on the streets.
Most of these burglaries will take place during the day while you are at work and your children are at school. Common methods burglars use entering a home are through an unlocked window or door as well as using force to open doors and windows.
Please keep the following in mind, as these tips will help you enjoy the holidays without incident.
•Burglars look for an easy entry with good escape routes. Use caution when displaying your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window where it’s easily visible from the street. Burglars will take your wrapped presents that sit beneath your Christmas tree.
•Burglars look for clues prior to selecting your house as a target such as mail sticking out of your mailbox, newspapers piled on your porch, or flyers hanging on your doorknob. Purchase an inexpensive light timer when you are away and ask a neighbor to keep the front of your home clean of paper and debris.
•Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. Please make sure you are properly securing your home before you leave.
•Be careful when setting empty boxes (such as televisions, computers, or other electronics) on the street for garbage collection. Burglars will case your neighborhood prior to committing a burglary. Leaving these empty boxes in an alley alerts the burglar of what you have inside of your home.
Call the Milwaukee Police Department at 933-4444 when you see suspicious activity. If you see a crime in progress, call 911.