Prevent the Grinch from stealing your holiday gifts

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/17/17

CORDOVA — The Cordova Police Department has two programs to offer residents who are concerned about the Grinch stealing their Christmas.

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Prevent the Grinch from stealing your holiday gifts

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CORDOVA — The Cordova Police Department has two programs to offer residents who are concerned about the Grinch stealing their Christmas.

Residents can request a home security checklist from the department that contains 40 steps for preventing property crimes. Officers are also available to conduct home security inspections and recommend measures for increasing security.

Police chief Nick Smith said residents make simple mistakes that put themselves at risk.

“You’d be surprised at the people who don’t lock their doors or lock their cars. Criminals take the path of least resistance and most crimes are crimes of opportunity. Just locking your door goes a long way,” Smith said.

During the holidays, residents can have their Christmas packages delivered to the police department to eliminate the risk of them being stolen.

The department also offers a Safe Exchange Zone in front of the station so that shoppers who purchase items from strangers online can complete the transaction in a public, secure space.

After Christmas, homeowners should wait to discard boxes for expensive items such as electronics until the day their garbage is scheduled to be picked up.

Social media users should also refrain from posting too much information about the Christmas gifts they have purchased or received.

“Don’t advertise what you’ve got. Criminals are watching Facebook too,” Smith said.

Smith also encouraged homeowners to know their neighbors and notify someone else in the neighborhood when they are going out of town for the holidays. Neighbors can help each other by watching for suspicious activity.

Smith said a recent break-in on Manuel Hill Road was solved because neighbors could identify the thieves and their vehicle.

The police department also offers a vacation watch program so that officers will know when a homeowner is out of town and who has permission to be at the residence he or she is away.

For more information about home security during the holidays, call the department at 205-483-7100.