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Protecting your home from criminals

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Protecting your home from criminals
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NEW YORK STATE -- With all those gifts unwrapped, there are a few extra steps you can take to make sure your home is safe after the holiday.

This time of year, crooks look for homes to strike. You know the typical advice, basic things like keeping doors and windows locked and hiding valuable items from plain sight. But some crime prevention experts say if you bought expensive gifts, there are some additional precautions you should take.

"It's probably a good idea if you're going to leave boxes out to put them out as late as you can. If you live in the city on garbage day. Perhaps turn the boxes inside out so someone can't just drive by and read what you have just brought into your house," said Donald Kelley of Tully Rinckey PLLC.

It’s not just homes that need stepped up security through the holidays. The Centre for Retail Research says American businesses will lose $3.8 billion due to shoplifting through the holidays. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP