Holiday menu planned? Check.
Christmas tree decorated? Check.
Cards mailed? Check.
Gifts wrapped? Check.
We painstakingly coordinate our holiday, fretting down to the last perfectly placed candy cane as we eagerly await the deluge of family and friends that rotate in and out of our home from mid November through the New Year. What we don’t always plan for is the unwelcome guest — the Thief.
Criminals love the holidays. Christmas trees are lit up like beacons that scream: “Hey! Bad guy! The expensive stuff is here, right under this huge window for easy access!”
Even worse is the absence of any light. If your house sits in the dark on a street full of twinkling lawn ornaments, it sends a clear message: “Hi, Mr. Thug? My house is pitch black because I’m out of town visiting the in-laws. But you already know this because you saw my teenager’s social post that we’d be 2,000 miles away for the next 4 days, right? Awesome.” (more…)