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Keep the Grinch from Stealing Christmas with these Tips

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Local law enforcement are seeing an up tick in crimes of opportunity this time of year. From gift thieves to criminals trying to find out what you have in your home before breaking in, Valley News team's Eric Crest has a couple of tips so you can protect your holiday gifts.

Twas the night before Christmas eve. And all through the house, the local police were warning of crimes of opportunity, sorry kiddies, it isn't a mouse.

"During Christmas we do see a few more burglaries in residential homes and it's because maybe that house is a target rich environment," explains Lt. Chris Carey of the Moorhead Police department.

Now for a criminal to do so, they need some insight. And no one better to give that than homeowners, with a big welcoming light.

"You want your lights set on a timer. You want someone to be checking your mail, pulling in your newspaper. Or have those services stopped while your away," warns Lt. Carey.

Once Christmas is upon us, and all the gifts opened up. Make sure your doing right by your family, and not telling criminals what's up.

"After you open gifts on Christmas if you bring large boxes to the curb you're telling everybody what's now in the home," adds Lt. Carey.

Your local recycle center might be best for those boxes that say too much. And for the items that come in smaller packages, only the police would give this next tip such a delicate touch.

"If you get a shipping label or invoice for a large jewelry purchase that's now in the home, shred that document and don't just throw it away in a garbage. A lot of times it will have your home address on it," says Lt. Carey.

This last bit of advice is for everyone wanting to make Christmas look nice. If you're going to put these under the tree, just make sure you don't entice.

"Make it so people can't look in and see how many items you have underneath the tree. If your house is in a place where your tree can be seen from a residential street, adjust your shades accordingly so it can't be seen unless you're in the home," says Lt. Carey.

So have a merry Christmas with a little advice from the police. And look forward to spending time with family, and your new comfy fleece.

One last tip. If you make some big ticket purchases write down the serial numbers and model numbers of those gifts. If they're lost or stolen, you have documentation that it was yours.

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