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When I was a detective I used to give tips at community meetings for the holidays so folks could do their part to avoid becoming a victim... Some of the suggestions:

Don't put your Christmas tree and presents in the center of the room with the curtains open. Burglars cruising neighborhoods will see those nicely wrapped gifts under the tree and may put your house on their list...

Try avoiding parking at the back/far edges of parking lots, especially in low light areas. This is especially true for women. Robbers will hang out at the back of parking lots, on the fringes, waiting for someone to come along with 2 arm loads of gifts.

Keep the shrubs and such around your windows trimmed back so you don't give burglars a way to be concealed while they jimmy or break a window.

If you have an alarm, USE IT! It makes no sense to have a home alarm or car alarm and not use it.

The weakest fall first. The extra step of prevention you take will be the reason your neighbor's house is burglarized and not yours. Burglars take the path of least resistance.

Burglars, unlike robbers don't want human confrontation. They're sneaky obviously so don't make it apparent when you are and are not home. Use lamps and other lights on a timer if you're going to be out of town.

Don't leave presents in your car even if you're parking in your own driveway. And don't leave empty boxes in your car. Car burglars won't know the boxes are empty until they break your window.

Keep an eye on your surroundings. When you pull into a parking lot, take a quick look around to see if any shady looking characters are hanging out in that parking lot. And keep an eye out in your neighborhood too for suspicious vehicles that may be cruising the area looking for an easy target.

Keep your garage doors closed. If a robber makes it into your garage unseen then he'll come into your house. Robbers are not afraid of confronting you and it's best not to give them an easy path inside your house.

Remember to use 2 things, Common Sense and Good Judgement.
 

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Good tips BB.

Ill add one from my day's in a crime watch program. After Christmas, don't put those boxes of the expensive electronics like computers and TV's out on the curb for the trashman.

Thats like posting an add for the theives.
 

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Ditto on the precautions, Bill.. One of the gals that helps take care of my bride just came into here about an hour ago to tell me her daughter just called to let her know their house had been broken into. Daughter only left for about a half hour to go to grocery store... One laptop and one plasma TV among the missing. Prolly 6-800 bucks worth of stuff now sitting on the shelf of neighborhood pawnshop..and the bastids got their 50 bucks for some more crack.. God, I hate theives....and the pawnbrokers that help them make a living are just a guilty as they are..

Ruined a great Thanksgiving for all of us....:hairout::hairout::hairout:
 

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one more from your local webmaster...

Don't use debit cards on line and use a dedicated credit card instead that you can view purchases on line with. Most banks allow you to set up alerts on a card too. Put one on that alerts you if your card is charged without it being swiped.

I recently had a long time debit card compromised and it's taken countless hours and phone calls to get all my money back. I did business with a LED sales outfit and the day those charges hit, I had 18 others in various amounts from outfits I have never heard of. Then, the info got sold internationally, and it got even more complicated. Luckily, BOA worked with me to reverse the charges, but it's much easier with a credit card.
 

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I hate giving any info out online or on the phone. What happen to cash sales and cod's?
Old Timey, Mike...LOL.. Went into a new cleaners the other day near the casa to pick up some clothes. Gave the little girl cash to cover it and all hell broke loose..LOL.. First place..they had no idea what to do with cash. No. 2..they didn't have a dime in change in the store.. Her remark..." Mister, EVERYBODY either charges it..or puts in on a credit card ".. and this was in a MAJOR cleaning chain store...

Per Mont's. I dunno why anybody uses debit instead of credit cards..unless it is to avoid temptation to over buy.. TV show last week showed the banks 'angle' on debits..they don't want interest...they want PENALTIES...and they can be whoppers..My choice nowadays is my old reliable Amex Cr Cd.. Many times THEY call me and ask if an unusual purchase was mine...and if not...immediately removed. Lots of merchants won't take Amex cuz it costs a couple of percent more..but in my personal and biz experience..it's sure worth it to me...Few months back amex called on sunday and questioned a $3500 charge on my card from an Escort Service in California..(now THAT is funny...in my case.).. and next day it was $3000 from a camera shop in New York. Amex wiped both off and just sent me a new card for future use..

This is a MAJOR LEAGUE problem with the banking systems and seems to just be getting worse and worse...... PROGRESS ??? Bah !!! Humbug !!!:)
 

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I have had Amex call me about suspicious charges. They removed them without any problems, but when they started asking for personal information to send me a new card, I said wait one I will call the number on the back of the card. I hung and called the number on the back of the card as I don't trust anyone asking for personal information they should already have on file. Turns out it was legit and the Amex person was trying to find out where I wanted the new card sent, not where I resided. I do have to give them credit as this happened on Saturday morning late and they had my new card here at 10AM on Monday morning. Pretty good service.

I would NEVER use a debit/credit card that is attached to a bank account to order anything on line. Primarily because when you buy/charge something using a debit card, the money comes out of your account immediately! With a true credit card, it is just a charge that does not come out of your account until you pay the bill.

Also if we leave town, we unplug the garage door opener! Also do not turn the heater off. Turn it down, but not off. Several years ago in Corpus people did that and returned to flooded houses as we had a record breaker freeze for several days.
 

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And the most important holiday tip:

When you get that new big screen 55 inch LED TV, put the empty box by the curb in front of your neighbor's house, not yours.
 

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You can't stop a good burgler no matter what kind of alarm system you have.

An old trick. Place little warning signs on all your windows.

WARNING: LIVE SNAKES INSIDE.

It works! :tongue:
 

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You can't stop a good burgler no matter what kind of alarm system you have.

An old trick. Place little warning signs on all your windows.

WARNING: LIVE SNAKES INSIDE.


It works! :tongue:
Not if mastercylinder wuz the thief......:rotfl:
 

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Not to take away from this thread, but to compliment Bill's advice...if you are walking towards your vehicle that is key less entry, make sure to hold the key fob in your free hand. Dedicate a free hand for this religiously. If something were to happen while on your way to your vehicle, hit the alarm button on your key fob. I worked a robbery earlier this year where the victim did this and it got the attention of several bystanders and it actually scared away the robber. This also enabled us to get a suspect within a few moments! Fortunately (though not always the case) people have the natural "instinct" to help others or be plain nosy. For some reason, thugs hate attention drawn to them and there is no better way to do this then by simply activating your car alarm. If you don't have a car alarm...well I suggest screaming to the top of your lungs or make sure you are with, or nearby a crowd of people.

If you get to your vehicle without incident, keep only "one" door opened and not "all" of them at once (which is what will happen when you hit the unlock button on your key fob). We had a kidnapping (not to scare you folks) where this scenario happened as the victim was loading her groceries. Once she was done, the guy just hopped in through the passenger side. It also helps to put down your cell phones and "focus." Do not walk "directly" to your vehicles either, scout out the surroundings for a few moments.

To avoid attention drawn to yourself, try to avoid walking around flashing what you are made of. i.e....Louis Vuitton or Dooney & Bourke or over-sized Coach purses. Mentally prepare yourself beforehand what you are going to the store for. Are you going for a new X-Box or a small, piece of jewelry? Be sure to only carry with you what you will need and for what. Carry a single check or credit card vs. a bag full of stuff. You go to the store to shop not to flash. If that is you (and nothing wrong with it) this is the wrong season for it.

Take an extra moment out and watch your vehicle's surroundings as you come and go. Imagine and visualize the worst as you make your way to your vehicle so you are not caught by surprise. If you have that "funny feeling" in back of your neck, stop, turn around and go back inside. Or walk with a crowd that is walking to and from your vehicle. Remember, safety in numbers!

Another tip, 9 times out of 10, people do not know their own license plates. Program your license plates into your cell phones and it would not hurt to put your key less entry code in there also. You will be surprised how many people do not know their own license plates when I show up to take a report. If you come back and find your vehicle stolen or compromised, the 911 dispatcher will have tons of info for us cops that are making our way and happen to see your vehicle leaving the area! I will write some more later regarding burglaries 'cause we are working a lot of these this season and I an noticing a "simple trend" that could help avoid them. Hope this helps and Happy Holidays! If you have any scenario-based or general questions, post here, or send me a PM or call me on my cell folks! Gotta go to work now! -Hector

P.S. can someone give Bill some Green? I have to spread some around first!!!!
 

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got it covered for you

Not to take away from this thread, but to compliment Bill's advice...if you are walking towards your vehicle that is key less entry, make sure to hold the key fob in your free hand. Dedicate a free hand for this religiously. If something were to happen while on your way to your vehicle, hit the alarm button on your key fob. I worked a robbery earlier this year where the victim did this and it got the attention of several bystanders and it actually scared away the robber. This also enabled us to get a suspect within a few moments! Fortunately (though not always the case) people have the natural "instinct" to help others or be plain nosy. For some reason, thugs hate attention drawn to them and there is no better way to do this then by simply activating your car alarm. If you don't have a car alarm...well I suggest screaming to the top of your lungs or make sure you are with, or nearby a crowd of people.

If you get to your vehicle without incident, keep only "one" door opened and not "all" of them at once (which is what will happen when you hit the unlock button on your key fob). We had a kidnapping (not to scare you folks) where this scenario happened as the victim was loading her groceries. Once she was done, the guy just hopped in through the passenger side. It also helps to put down your cell phones and "focus." Do not walk "directly" to your vehicles either, scout out the surroundings for a few moments.

To avoid attention drawn to yourself, try to avoid walking around flashing what you are made of. i.e....Louis Vuitton or Dooney & Bourke or over-sized Coach purses. Mentally prepare yourself beforehand what you are going to the store for. Are you going for a new X-Box or a small, piece of jewelry? Be sure to only carry with you what you will need and for what. Carry a single check or credit card vs. a bag full of stuff. You go to the store to shop not to flash. If that is you (and nothing wrong with it) this is the wrong season for it.

Take an extra moment out and watch your vehicle's surroundings as you come and go. Imagine and visualize the worst as you make your way to your vehicle so you are not caught by surprise. If you have that "funny feeling" in back of your neck, stop, turn around and go back inside. Or walk with a crowd that is walking to and from your vehicle. Remember, safety in numbers!

Another tip, 9 times out of 10, people do not know their own license plates. Program your license plates into your cell phones and it would not hurt to put your key less entry code in there also. You will be surprised how many people do not know their own license plates when I show up to take a report. If you come back and find your vehicle stolen or compromised, the 911 dispatcher will have tons of info for us cops that are making our way and happen to see your vehicle leaving the area! I will write some more later regarding burglaries 'cause we are working a lot of these this season and I an noticing a "simple trend" that could help avoid them. Hope this helps and Happy Holidays! If you have any scenario-based or general questions, post here, or send me a PM or call me on my cell folks! Gotta go to work now! -Hector

P.S. can someone give Bill some Green? I have to spread some around first!!!!
 

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If you get to your vehicle without incident, keep only "one" door opened and not "all" of them at once (which is what will happen when you hit the unlock button on your key fob). We had a kidnapping (not to scare you folks) where this scenario happened as the victim was loading her groceries. Once she was done, the guy just hopped in through the passenger side.

-Hector

P.S. can someone give Bill some Green? I have to spread some around first!!!!
If your key fob opens all doors at once, check the oweners manual as many cars can be programmed to either open just the driver's door or all of them. Mine is if you hit it once it opens the driver's door and twice it opens all.

Green to Bill and Hector.

Hector - Stay safe out there!

Everyone else - eyes open and be safe
 

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Another thing I learned the hard way last week.... A gun Cabinet is useless.... A Gun SAFE keeps guns SAFE.
 
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