(WTVM) - The holiday season makes us feel so trusting and giving - and why not? We want everyone to be happy and we want to spread the joy we feel about the season.
But unfortunately, there are others who want to take advantage of our holiday cheer and trust.
Every year at this time, we report on parking lot car break ins and shopping mall purse snatchings. Then there are reports from police that someone's home was robbed and all the presents taken from under the Christmas tree.
These are never stories we want to report.
This holiday season remember those stories and don't let yourself fall into predictable patterns that invite crime.
Never leave shopping bags visible in your car - lock them in the trunk. Even small bags sitting on the seat will invite thieves.
Never put presents under the tree if the tree is visible through a window in your home. Wait until closer to the time you will open the gifts, or when more people are home, to pile them under the tree.
The same goes for wrapping presents on a table in full view of windows - don't display for burglars what you've shopped and paid for!
Lock your home while out shopping and even better - put some lights on random timers so your home looks occupied - especially if you will be spending the holidays away from home.
The time from Thanksgiving and Hanukah through Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. But it's not the time to be trusting or happy-go-lucky about your personal safety and hard earned possessions be alert - be at what law enforcement and the military call "code yellow".
It's a constant state of awareness that will keep you from being a target of holiday crime.
WTVM Editorial Committee
1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA 31906