Don’t let a Grinch ruin your Christmas; tips for safety at home, away

This holiday season don’t let the spirit of Christmas lull you into giving burglars, muggers and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. The bad guys love the holidays as much as everyone else, especially because it’s an opportune time for crime.
Stores, malls and downtown streets filled with unsuspecting shoppers; people rushing around stressed out looking for last minute gifts, homes jammed packed with glittering gifts make a crook giddy with holiday joy.
Law enforcement officials offer the following tips to make it a safe holiday season whether at home or out enjoying the events.