POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 8:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 8:49pm
BATON ROUGE,LA(NBC33) — The Christmas Spirit moves some people to buy presents and decorate their doors. Others it's an open invitation to take someone else's stuff.
"A lot of people like to leave their blinds open and their windows open. So, everyone can see their Christmas tree, to see the gifts, to see the TV they just bought and see how lovely their home is. That's just inviting to a criminal," Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, with the Baton Rouge Police Department, explained.
Stubs said every Christmas police see a spike in the number of burglaries.
"We do have people who commit crimes to have gifts to give their family or support what ever habit they have," He stated.
There are ways one can protect their home from becoming a target. First, don't trust a chain lock instead invest in a heavy duty lock.
Lock all windows.
"On a burglary they'll come through a window or come through the door," according to Stubbs. "That's the primary for burglars to get in to a house."
Add security cameras and extra outdoor lighting.
"Have lights installed all the way around your house to eliminate any blind spots. If you look outside your house at night no one can sneak up on you without you knowing," Stubs recommends.
Install an alarm system.
If you plan on purchasing any big ticket items write down the serial numbers.
"If you provide us with serial numbers it's a lot easier to track stolen items like that," Stubbs said.
Stubbs stated if you notice something suspicious in or around your home call police.
"Back out immediately and call the police. Stay on the outside. Stay by your door. Stay by your car. Stay on the phone. Monitor your house from the street. Let us get there," Stubbs advises.
Police said any big boxes left over from expensive items like a TV should not be placed in the regular trash.