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What Precautionary Measures Can I Take to Ensure My Outdoor Lights Will Not Be Stolen?

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What Precautionary Measures Can I Take to Ensure My Outdoor Lights Will Not Be Stolen?It seems that the grinch has been out and in full service during the past several holiday seasons. And he’s got a large group of followers around the country. Theft and vandalism of holiday décor and lights has been on the rise in neighborhoods across the United States. After spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on Christmas decorations, it can come as a shock to residents to have their decorations stolen and destroyed. And for what purpose other than sheer thrills? There really is no obvious reason. These decorations, while expensive initially, do not have a high resell value. With all of the damage that has been done, many cheerful holiday decorators may ask themselves if it is worth it to decorate and if so, “What precautionary measures can I take to ensure my outdoor lights will not be stolen?”

The good news is that there are some things that you can do to help protect your prized décor and holiday lights. Perhaps the easiest of which, is to place them closer to your home. The closer vandals and thieves have to go to your home the less likely they will be to risk getting caught. Don’t place decorations close to the sidewalk where they are easy to grab quickly without much disturbance. You may also want to forego placing lights on trees, plants and shrubs. These are very easy to take down quickly. Instead put all of your Christmas lights out of reach, where a ladder is needed to obtain them. If you can secure the decorations in any way, you should consider doing so.

Police also recommend turning off your holiday lights during the overnight hours. This will reduce the attraction of would-be vandals and thieves. If you turn on an outdoor porch light, however, this can serve to further thwart any efforts to destroy your property. These holiday crooks do not want to get caught. They will put their efforts into an easy target before taking their chances on a well prepared home.

The good-old neighborhood watch can also serve to deter crime on your block. When neighbors watch out for each other, vandals and thieves quickly learn to avoid the neighborhood. If you see anything suspicious, you should report it. It may not seem like a serious crime, but it can really deflate the spirits of those that are affected by these senseless crimes.

Even with these heartless crimes on the rise, you don’t have to give up your holiday decorating traditions. You can still enjoy the holiday cheer by taking some simple precautions. These simple precautionary measures will help to ensure that your outdoor lights are not stolen and will allow you to celebrate the holiday season with all of the festivity that you are accustomed to.



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