After Christmas, don’t pile up empty boxes at the curb from all your gifts, like TVs, computers, and game systems, for the trash or recycle pick up. This advertises your new, expensive merchandise to someone looking to steal valuable items. Instead, break down the boxes or cut them up so they fit in your trash or recycle container. Also consider putting out the trash in the morning instead of leaving it out overnight.
After the holidays is the perfect time to create, or update, your home inventory. Take photos of expensive items like bikes, electronics, tools, or jewelry. Don’t forget to record serial numbers as well, keeping the list in a safe location. If the items are ever stolen, this makes it easier to file a police report and an insurance claim.