Burglars know that many households have new and sometimes expensive items in their homes following the holidays. Computers, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment make wonderful gifts. In too many cases, residents make it easy to spot which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view by the garbage. Break down boxes and place them in garbage bags. Keep them in your garage until the night before your scheduled pick-up.
This time of year might also be a good time to update or create your home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items and list descriptions and serial numbers and when possible, the value of the items. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file. Make sure items such as TVs, cameras, jewelry, computers and power tools are on the list.