- At a time of year when people are ordering and sending a lot of gifts, thieves are stealing delivery boxes sitting in front porches.
- Women are being victimized as they are putting gas in their cars by “sliders.” The thieves park in the next space, quickly open the unlocked front door, grab the purse and drive away.
- Even large stores are not safe: a Walmart at a large intersection was robbed during busy daytime hours, as the pair peppersprayed a cashier and grabbed the cash out of her cash register.
Don’t let your joy be stolen by taking a few precautions:
- Many apartment buildings have leasing offices that will accept deliveries; let them know you are expecting a package and pick up your items as soon as you get home. If that is not possible, use “Signature delivery” for orders or gifts that are being sent for delivery.
- Always lock all your packages in the trunk. Thieves walk around parking lots looking for cars with packages that are left on the seats in plain view.
- Be aware of your surroundings and don’t be walking around texting or with a cell phone stuck to your ear.
- Don’t wear flashy jewelry or carry a large expensive purse when you are out and about – this will just attract unwanted attention.
- If you are paying cash, be discreet about it and keep your cash in your front pocket.
- Don’t announce to social media such as Facebook or Twitter that you are planning big purchases, going out shopping or leaving for the holidays.
- When you park your car anywhere look around to see who is hanging around the area
- Pay attention to the ATM machine that you are using. There have been several cases of ATMs being altered to capture passwords and account numbers. In all the cases, the ATM machine is described as slightly off or different from others.
- When arriving home, shut your garage door quickly before unloading any packages. You are still vulnerable in your driveway, as you start to let your guard down.
- Lock your car at all times, even if you are just running in to pay for gas, or even if you are standing next to your car filling up the tank.
- Tear up all boxes especially big ticket items such as TVs and computers. Don’t just leave these boxes in the curb during trash pickup; this is advertising to thieves that you just unpacked some fresh loot.
Some people may say this is paranoia but I say it’s not being paranoid you if you really are being targeted. Christmas is a time of goodwill to all, but it is not the time to drop your guard. Pay attention to safety and security at all times.
© Apartment Prepper 2013
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