FOX13 Investigates: How to protect your home from thieves this holiday season

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Nearly 400,000 burglaries happen during November and December each year in the United States, according to the FBI.

Nearly 400,000 burglaries happen during November and December each year in the United States, according to the FBI.

Bartlett Police Department’s Lieutenant Todd Halford said there are several ways you can lower your chances of being broken into.

“First of all make sure that your houses and your cars are locked,” Halford said. “You would be amazed at the number of homes and vehicles that are victimized simply because the owner did not lock their house or car.”

He said to keep items out of sight.

“Everybody likes to put their Christmas tree and presents in their front window for the holidays, but if they're visible from the street or visible from the yard, your just asking a bad guy to come take your stuff,” he said.

Halford also said to keep your location off social media.

“In the age of communication, it's real easy to find out where you live and you’re just advertising, hey, nobody's going to be home,” he said. “So be real careful what you post on social media.”

He said neighbors can also help watch your home when you go out of town, so talk to them before you leave.