Deputies warn of break-ins as holiday shopping season approaches
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Deputies with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office say while it’s the busiest time for holiday shoppers it’s also a busy time for thieves searching for their next victims.
With Black Friday coming up, many people are expected to be out buying early Christmas presents and gifts this year. That’s why the sheriff’s office is asking people to take precaution this holiday season.
“I think there are going to be a ton of people shopping at the grocery stores and at the malls,” said resident Theresa Ferarri told 41NBC.
The season of giving is also the season of taking according to Captain Brad Wolfe with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
“We do see a little bit of an increase in entering autos from those shopping center parking lots during the day time and night time which is another reason we ask people to be alert and aware.”
Theresa Ferrari says she’s seen it first hand.
“I live in the Ingleside neighborhood and we have had a lot of car break-ins and a lot of house break-ins in the neighborhood,” she said.
Theresa Ferrari says she, like most others in the Ingleside neigborhood, has to park on the street or in her drive way.
“It’s very residential. A lot of people don’t have garages because it’s an older neighborhood,” she explained.
That’s why she makes locking items in her trunk a regular practice.
“I hear about a lot of car break-ins and I know that there are some people who are going to take advantage of the fact that there are people with a lot of valuables in their cars,” Ferrari continued.
Wolfe says you should too if you’re planning on doing any holiday shopping this year.
“The best thing to do is to take your valuables inside or at least lock them in the trunk where they’re out of sight.”
He says the more difficult it is for a thief, the less likely you are to become a victim.
Wolfe also says it’s also important to be careful when disposing of big boxes in your trash. He says a TV box on the side of the road is almost like ‘advertising’ that you just bought a new TV.
The sheriff’s office will be increasing patrol in areas through out the holiday season.