Porch prowlers on the hunt for those holiday gifts... many of you spent hours waiting in line to get.
Local law enforcement told WAAY 31 how you can make sure your gifts are safe even after you bring those gifts inside your home.
With holiday season is in full swing -- and that means there's an even bigger opportunity for thieves to target your home -- killing that Christmas spirit. However, there are several things you can do to prevent this from happening.
Decatur Police suggests putting a light ona timer or putting a radio by the door so people can hear that as they go by. This will lead potential thieves to think someone is home.
There are quick and easy ways to conceal the gifts from the view of anyone walking past -- or trying to peek in your window.
Another helpful tip if you're getting a package delivered to your house and want to keep it concealed, police simply say get it delivered to a back or side door or schedule it to only be dropped off if you can sign for it.
However, most importantly and something Decatur police isn't often thought about is be sure to not post any of your purchases to social media.
Officials say that one tweet or post gives an open invite to thieves.
"If you're gonna do a haul, try to do it privately and try not to publicize everything you've just taken home," said Emme Long, with Decatur police.
Law enforcement also says if you're doing a lot of shopping this holiday season -- be sure to park in a well lit area and travel in a group when possible.
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