Gainesville Police Increasing Patrols for the Holiday Season
Published December 17th, 2013
While you are shopping for Christmas presents at the store, someone else may be shopping at your home.
Crime numbers rise during the holidays.
So far this month, 34 residential burglaries and 30 vehicle burglaries have been reported to the Gainesville Police Department.
Officers say they are taking every precaution to keep those numbers from going up.
"I'm lucky for one thing, but mainly, I guess I leave the lights on,"said Jan Harris of Gainesville.
Those are just a couple of ways Harris says he keeps criminals away from his humble abode.
And another thing he does?
Keep his Christmas tree and gifts away from street view.
"They have done exactly that right across the street from me and I see it every night and wonder why they leave it open," said Harris.
During this holiday season, criminals target shoppers and their homes.
The Gainesville Police Department has increased patrols around the city for this very reason.
And they are asking that people keep their eyes pealed, too.
"The Gainesville Police Department is out looking for these people but we need your help to look as well, because unfortunately, we can't be at every place at one time," said Officer Ben Tobias with the Gainesville Police Department.
Police gave us some advice but we wanted to quiz some folks to see how they were doing.
"My car's locked. I watch where I am, I watch what surrounds me," said out-of-state visitor Diane McClain.
"I have one neighbor who I specifically tell when I'm leaving and when I'm coming back. And I do have an alarm system," said Mary Thomas of Gainesville.
"I always put stuff, other than groceries, in the trunk," said Harris.
These are all things police are encouraging people to do this holiday season.
But some say crime will always be there, no matter what precautions you take.
They say the things aren't what matter.
"If you put alot of emphasis on what you have, then, you're out of luck. Because it's not about what's out there. It's about what's inside and they can't take that," said McClain.
Police also say to wait until trash day to put boxes your new appliances or electronics came in out on the street.
Also, take a picture of that big new toy and get the make, model and serial number so in case it's stolen, police can look for it in pawn shops.
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