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Holiday Home Security Tips from EPS

Blog by Sara Kalke | November 28th, 2011

Ah, Christmas.  Less than a month away!!  It's my favorite time of year (okay, next to balmy summer days that is), but sadly there are some out there who use the season to take advantage of people.  Here are a few crime prevention tips from the Edmonton Police Service to help keep your Christmas happy and safe!  Happy Holidays!



It is the season for joy and happiness, but also the season to be wary of burglars and thieves. Nothing can ruin the holiday spirit faster than becoming a crime victim.

Unfortunately, criminals view the holiday season an opportunity to burglarize your home and car for gifts, cash or other valuables.

The following are some tips for your home:

• Be sure to check and lock your doors and windows when you leave your home.

• Do not display your Christmas tree & gifts in a window visible from the street. Criminals may be tempted to smash the window to steal packages or plan a break-in.

• Use indoor/outdoor light timers when you are away.

• If you are away, ask a neighbour to take in your mail and newspapers and clear your walks and driveway of snow when needed.

• When going out in the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the home appears to be occupied.

• After Christmas, do not leave empty gift boxes by the garbage. This is an advertisement for thieves. Collapse the boxes or cut them up to conceal the items. Please remember to recycle.

The following are some tips for your car:

• Park in a well-lit area of the shopping mall parking lot.

• Do not overburden yourself with packages and bags.

• Keep your vehicle doors and windows closed and locked.

• Lock gift packages in the trunk of your car. If you have an SUV use a blanket to cover purchases.

• Check the back seat before entering your car.

• Never leave your car running unattended.

The Edmonton Police Service wishes you a happy holiday season!

Your best weapon is your brain. Use common sense, imagination, and good judgment.