Waterloo Regional Police are reminding residents to protect their newly acquired property, as the holiday season can bring out the best and the worst in people.
Insp. Michael Haffner said it’s not unusual for police to get calls of break-and-enters leading up to, on, and following Christmas Day.
If you’re expecting a windfall from Santa this Christmas, he gave these tips for protecting your new valuables:
When thieves see a television box by the road, they know there’s a new television in the house. (CBC)
1. Store your boxes
Throwing the box your flat-screen television came in by the curb is a dead giveaway that there’s a valuable item in the house, Haffner said.
“We would encourage people that have just purchased great presents to kind of take some time, just so that they don’t advertise to would-be thieves that there’s a great gift inside the house.”
Instead, wait until garbage day and then make sure you fold up the boxes so that it’s not obvious what was inside.
Don’t forget to lock your front, back and garage doors before leaving the house and before going to bed. (CBC)
2. Lock your doors
With all the excitement and comings and goings of the holidays, it can be easy to forget to lock up your home or apartment, and Haffner said that’s a big mistake.
“We’re still finding a number of break-ins that have been occurring where people aren’t locking their doors, whether that’s the front or the back, or leaving their garage doors open during the night,” he said….