How to thief-proof your home while you’re traveling for the holidays

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Scams aren’t the only things hitting hard during the holidays… so are thieves.

With millions of Americans traveling over Christmas and Thanksgiving, it can leave your home vulnerable to a break-in. Luckily, there are some things you can do to protect your home while you’re away.

Salt Lake City Police Detective Greg Wilking says they are already on high alert.

“We’re looking out for package thieves, we’re looking out for those crimes of opportunity, we just want to make it more difficult for the criminal,” said Wilking.

So what can you do to thief-proof your home? First and foremost, make sure it looks like someone is home.

“Make sure that your mail is picked up, make sure that your newspaper is picked up, make sure your walks are clean,” said Wilking.

You can even put your TV’s and lights on a timer, and have them shut on and off periodically. Officials say letting a neighbor know you are going out of town can also be helpful.

“Make your neighbors aware. Make a trusted neighbor aware, that you’re going to be out of town so that they can keep an eye on the place,” said Wilking.

Most of all, police say thieves are lurking on social media. So make sure to wait until after your vacation to post those travel plans.

“You want to share those photos, share them when you get back. Share your memories of this awesome vacation when you get back and you know all your belongings are safe and your house is safe,” said Wilking.

Here are other tips, according to SLCPD:

1. Have your packages delivered to your place of work, or a neighbor’s house.

2. Just because your car is in your garage doesn’t mean it’s safe from a break-in. Make sure to lock your car and keep your valuables out of sight.

3. If you have a camera in your home, make sure to pay attention to it while you are out of town.

4. Lock all your doors to your home.

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