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Holiday security tips

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With Christmas gifts opened, some homes are now filled with new electronics and other items.

Police say those gifts can attract burglars, and they want to help keep these crimes from happening.

Officers recommend keeping drapes open on windows facing the street so neighbors can see trespassers. Also, know what you own. Keep a list of items and serial numbers.

"A lot of people have a break from work or break from school, it's a good time to just sit down and just keep a sheet and a list of all your items and with all your serial numbers," says Lt. Matt Stewart of the Joplin Police Department.  "That way if you are a victim of a burglary you can provide that to law enforcement and we can help track the property a little bit better."

More tips:

  • Turn on your exterior lights at night to help deter criminal activity, whether you're at home or not.
  • Don't post on social media that you're out of town.  Post instead after you're back.
  • Try not to leave opened boxes by the curb.  Break down the box so would-be criminals don't know what's inside your home.

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