The Marshall Police Department recommends that all citizens avoid publicizing the details of holiday plans and travel arrangements, whether upcoming or in progress. Wait until the vacation is over to comment on it and share photos, but still be cautious about what information you make publicly available.
To discourage purse-snatchers, don't overburden yourself with packages. Have your purchases delivered whenever practical. (This safety time was brought to you by the Marshall Police Department.)
Install secondary locks on your windows and doors - pins, deadbolts, stick in the slider etc.
Light the exterior of your home around doors, windows and driveway.
Trim hedges, bushes and trees around doors and windows. Be able to approach your door from the outside and be certain there is not an intruder waiting for you.
Place gifts where they cannot be seen from outside your home.
Avoid opening the door to strangers.