It’s not only time to Deck the Halls at Sotheby’s Scottsdale, it’s also time for the Grinch to raise his ugly head. By Grinch, I mean burglars who like to take advantage of homeowners this time of year. They like to break in and take valuable gifts as well as expensive electronics, jewelry and anything else of value. 


According to surveys taken by law enforcement and insurance agencies, December is the month when burglary rates climb and insurance claims rise — in some states by up to 20 percent. 


Burglars many times are watching your Sotheby’s Scottsdale home, waiting for you to leave — whether it’s going to work or maybe to run errands. But there are some precautions you can take to minimize being a victim. 


Don’t make your house stand out

Don’t attract attention to your Sotheby’s Scottsdale house by putting up elaborate light displays and decorations. Try to blend in with the rest of the neighborhood. With that said, when you do put up decorations, don’t run cables and cords through opened windows or garage doors. That an invitation to burglars. Try to use decorations powered by batteries or install extra outdoor outlets. 



Whenever you buy something, don’t throw away the empty boxes or packaging the items come into the outdoor trash receptacles. Don’t throw away receipts either. If you throw away boxes from big-ticket purchases, do it right before the trash is picked up or break down the packaging to hide the images and labels of the items that came in them. Otherwise, it’s a good way to attract burglars since they’ll know what you have inside your Sotheby’s Scottsdale home. 


At the same time, store these gifts inside the house and not in your garage, car or shed. Also, park your car in the garage, not in the driveway where it’s accessible to thieves. 


Always make your home look like you’re there

Whether you’re at work, at a party, or visiting family, make your Sotheby’s Scottsdale house look like someone is always home. Leave the lights on if you leave at night. Keep the TV on and close your drapes/blinds. Even better, program your outside and inside lights to turn on/off at different times. 


Don’t share too much on social media

Avoid posting on social media where you’re going to spend Christmas or any parties you might be attending. Don’t make it easy for a thief when you’re going to be gone. 


Beware of door knockers

Don’t trust everyone who comes to your door, asking for a charitable donation or trying to sell something. Burglars often disguise themselves to do research on your home. If you answer the door, talk to the person outside with your door shut.


Look out for each other 

Ask your friends to keep an eye on your Sotheby’s Scottsdale house when you’re on vacation or away for an extended amount of time. Do the same for them. 


Burglars also strike on Christmas day so have a plan in place to detract burglars on that day and even in the days following.