The last weekend before Christmas will be bustling with holiday cheer but joy can quickly turn to despair for those who are victims of crime.
"People need to protect their valuables and be extra vigilant this weekend since things will be so busy," said Dothan Police Sergeant Rachel David. "When shopping, be sure to keep your valuables out of sight. If driving an SUV or hatchback you need to be careful about leaving merchandise in your automobile because it can be easily spotted," David said. "When possible, lock things in a trunk and always keep your vehicle locked."
David also said it's a great idea to keep gifts inside the home hidden. "An attic or closet is a good place to keep them out of sight. The last thing people should do is leave them in a place where they can be viewed from outside the home," she said.
Sgt. David also said safety shouldn't end when Christmas is over. Instead, she advises everyone to be careful after the holiday. "Never put boxes out by the street because that tells others what is inside you're the house. Boxes for things like big screen televisions, computers, and other large ticket items should be cut up and placed in trash bags," she advises.
David also reminds people to always keep their houses locked, even when they are home. A little safety, she said, can make sure this Christmas is a merry one.