Take these steps to prevent Christmas crime

Take these steps to prevent Christmas crime

(WTVM) - People love getting their home in the Christmas spirit, but authorities say that actually makes your home more of a target for thieves.

Officials say keep the blinds closed to protect your home, preventing anyone from seeing what's under your tree.

Also have neighbors or relatives check on your home while you're away. Instead of having gifts you order delivered to your home, have them delivered to the company's local office.

Something else to keep in mind: write down the serial and model number of expensive items.

Also, think about engraving items. That way if it's ever stolen, you're linked to it.

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