How you can protect your belongings during this holiday season

Always lock car door and never leave valuable items inside

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  It’s the holiday season, which means more people are out shopping for presents, but it also can mean more criminals looking for the opportunity to take what’s yours.

Greenfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Williams told 22News, people need to be extra vigilant this time of year. “We do tend to see an increase in breaking and entering into homes during the holiday season and it’s sad every year to go take those reports and to hear about presents that were stolen, but it happens every year,” said Deputy Chief Williams.

Deputy Chief Williams also told 22News, most crime is about opportunity and that there are simple things you can do to make yourself less of a target. First, make sure you lock your car door and never leave valuable items inside. “I actually went to lunch today and forgot to lock my car and came back and I was like, oh, because there was my tablet on the back seat,” said Laura Dintino of Northampton.

Try to place your Christmas tree and presents away from a window so thieves don’t target your home. Also consider hanging curtains to keep people from seeing inside your home. Greenfield Police also advise you to try not to carry a lot of cash on you.

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