Can you keep burglars out of your home during the holidays?

News12 / Monday November 18, 2013

Augusta, Ga (WRDW)---- "What are you doing as a mom--what are all the mom's in the neighborhood saving for," asked News12's Jorge Lopez.

"Christmas shopping--Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping," said Donavan Jackson.

Jackson lives on Baywood Drive in Augusta. On Saturday, deputies say teenagers broke into her neighbors house and now she wonders if someone will do the same to her and her kids before Christmas.

"Criminals are like water, they take the path of least resistance," said Doug Parker.

Parker is a former cop and current security analyst. He says criminals don't care when they steal, but they know their loot can be worth more during the holidays.

"Going into people's houses and depriving them of Christmas presents that maybe in there. Electronics and all the high tech toys that are around now and people are trying to get into those," he told News12.

Parker says keeping a light on in the house and not letting your mailbox get full when you're away are helpful, but they aren't the best way to keep crooks out.

"There's a different array of cameras you can get. There's inferred cameras or long range cameras for outside," said Parker.

He says cameras are inexpensive these days. News12 found some ranging from $8.00 all the way to $170.00 for a whole set; and if that's too much he says just add one of these.

"Security sticker in the window or a sign in the front yard works wonders," he said.

Or you could do the old fashion way just like this mom does.

"We lock our doors, but the number one thing is that you have to stay prayed up," she told News12.

If you are throwing away boxes for high priced electronic the day after Christmas don't forget to bag them up. Parker says leaving things like TV boxes on the curb waiting for the trash man to pick them up can be a red flag for crooks.

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