Local law enforcement usually sees an increase in car break-ins and home invasions this time of year.
Muskingum County Sheriff, Matt Lutz, says the economy could keep that number high this year too.
"You know, they get desperate. They can’t find work, can’t find jobs, and some people-a majority who have had criminal behavior in the past-turn to that. A lot of it is they don’t want to hurt people, but they’re looking for themselves and their families, " says Lutz.
Lutz says people need to be aware of a new technique that robbers are using to break into cars.
"People can sit in the parking lot, and it will trace the vehicle entry, the keyless entry buttons. If you get out of your car going into a store and push that, this device might capture that," says Lutz.
Then the robbers can use that to gain access to your vehicle. Lutz says the best way to prevent this from happening is to lock your car doors manually.
Lutz offers some tips to prevent yourself from becoming easy prey to robbers this holiday season:
– keep the doors to you home and to your car locked
– if you plan to shop at night, park in a well-lit area
– don’t walk alone through a parking lot…have a companion
– have someone check your home if you plan on leaving this holiday season