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The agents at Royce Williams Agency hope to give families advice on how to keep possessions safe during the holiday season. Holiday auto theft increases from year to year and is the most popular form of theft. But, as always, be mindful of the various forms of theft that are common at this time.

There are many reasons for the spike of theft during this time of year. Many families experience a hectic schedule, keeping them out of the house for long periods of time. At the same time, thieves feel the pressure of providing for loved ones. Leaving gifts and purchases in the car is a common mistake made by homeowners and contributes to the spike.

“Thieves are always on the lookout for an opportunity, even on the holidays,” warns Royce Williams. “Take extra precaution during this time to not become a victim of auto theft.”

Here are 10 tips for protecting against theft during the holiday season:

  1. Park in well-lit areas
  2. Keep packages in the trunk, leaving nothing visible in the interior of your car
  3. Ensure your vehicle is locked
  4. Leave a light on in the home
  5. Be aware of your surroundings
  6. Ask for help if needed
  7. Check the batteries on all alarm systems
  8. Coordinate a neighborhood watch system
  9. Do a home security check
  10. Be vague on social media about travel plans

It is important to remember that these are just a few suggestions on how to protect yourself from theft. The most important rule is to use common sense. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Renters insurance is an added benefit for presents being stolen out of a vehicle, especially for those who don’t own a home. Contact a local Allstate agent to revisit a current plan and make sure the necessary coverage is provided.

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