Beware of holiday crime

Crime is a year-round occupation for some, but in the days leading up to Christmas, crime always seems to increase, in towns and cities all over the nation. Maybe it’s economics; maybe it’s depression. Whatever, it is upon us now.

The Americus Police Department investigated several instances of vehicles being entered over the previous week. Items were stolen from vehicles that were left unlocked, and if locked, doors were pried open so the criminal could get to the booty inside.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has also investigated various incidents ranging from suspicious persons lurking about to burglaries.

It seems that criminals work overtime during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to steal anything they can get their hands on. But we needn’t sit by and allow it to happen. We don’t have to become victims of crime.

Folks are reminded to always remove any valuables from their vehicles — from Christmas packages to laptops, cell phones, and guns — anything of value. Then always lock the vehicle. If a thief doesn’t see anything attractive inside, he’s likely to move on to the next vehicle. These criminals are usually operating in the dead of night and make quick work of a neighborhood or parking lot.

Another reminder: don’t allow gaily wrapped packages to be visible from the street. We all enjoy the sights of Christmas: a beautifully decorated tree with sparkling lights and shiny gifts underneath. But try not to make your home appear too tantalizing to a criminal who could be trolling your neighborhood while you slumber. Just draw the drapes or hide the gifts.

If we all take extra care this season, maybe we can cut down on theft and property damage. Just remember: criminals do their work seven days a week, and especially at night. Let’s not make it any easier for them.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has also investigated various incidents ranging from suspicious persons lurking about to burglaries.

It seems that criminals work overtime during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to steal anything they can get their hands on. But we needn’t sit by and allow it to happen. We don’t have to become victims of crime.

Folks are reminded to always remove any valuables from their vehicles — from Christmas packages to laptops, cell phones, and guns — anything of value. Then always lock the vehicle. If a thief doesn’t see anything attractive inside, he’s likely to move on to the next vehicle. These criminals are usually operating in the dead of night and make quick work of a neighborhood or parking lot.

Another reminder: don’t allow gaily wrapped packages to be visible from the street. We all enjoy the sights of Christmas: a beautifully decorated tree with sparkling lights and shiny gifts underneath. But try not to make your home appear too tantalizing to a criminal who could be trolling your neighborhood while you slumber. Just draw the drapes or hide the gifts.

If we all take extra care this season, maybe we can cut down on theft and property damage. Just remember: criminals do their work seven days a week, and especially at night. Let’s not make it any easier for them.