12/22/2017 2:33:00 PM Don't let grinches ruin your Christmas
Det. Seals with Guilford County Sheriff's Office advises residents to take a few precautionary steps after unwrapping their Christmas gifts:
As you are hooking up that new TV, plugging in that Xbox 1 or charging that new drill, stop and take a minute to jot down the serial number. Put your note of that serial number in a safe place, such as your e-mail, so that should your new toy ever be stolen you can provide the number to law enforcement and drastically increase the odds of it being returned to you. Same goes for jewelry. While you don't have a serial number to write down, snap a quick photograph so officers and deputies know what they are looking for and can assist your insurance adjuster should the item ever become lost or stolen.
Don't advertise to the entire neighborhood what you got for Christmas by putting that 50" TV box out with the trash pile in front of your house. Thieves look for homes that advertise what is inside in anticipation of a later break-in.
Should you be headed out of town, don't tell everyone you know. Keep that information off social media to reduce the chances of someone targeting your house when they know you won't be home.
The Sheriff's Office offers residential vacation checks. To set up a vacation check in northwest Guilford County, call the Sheriff's District 1 office at (336) 641-2300.