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Holiday burglary prevention tips

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) -

The holiday season is unfortunately the perfect time for thieves to target your home.

Officer David Baldwin with the Marietta Police Department told CBS Atlanta News that many people tend to be busy and forget to think about the small things that can help keep their home safe.

"Obviously this Thursday and Friday are going to be busy shopping days," said Baldwin. "If you have a burglar alarm we highly encourage you using a burglar alarm."

Baldwin offered other quick tips to protect your home:

  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Trim back bushes and trees
  • Leave lights on inside and outside
  • Ask neighbors to keep an eye on things
  • Add surveillance cameras

And when it comes to all those holiday gifts you're sure to buy, Baldwin said you may want to rethink displaying them under the tree for all to see.

"As pretty as the decorations are, those gifts are also very inviting to anybody that wishes to break into the house and steal. Especially if they can see them from an outside bay window," said Baldwin.

In recent years police have added a social media reminder to holiday safety, asking people not to post travel plans online.

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