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ROSEBURG, Ore. - The holidays bring an increase in crime of all kinds, and police said many people have already fallen victim to seeing their cars broken into this holiday season.
Sgt. Dennis Chrisenbery with the Roseburg Police Department said that criminals know people are out shopping for the holidays, and they take advantage of that.
”They’re opportunistic. They’re looking for the big score if you will," Sgt. Chrisenbery said.
Police provided some tips that should help community members prevent themselves from becoming a victim of a car break in.
They said to try to travel without valuable items, and if you're out shopping, try to make frequent stops to unload bags. If you're unable to do that, at least try to cover the items. Police say even that should deter thefts, as they're looking for a sure thing.
They say to park in well-lit areas. And make sure your car is somewhere where a security guard or other customers could see it.
Be discrete if you're carrying a large amount of cash, and always be aware of your surroundings when walking to and from your car.
Lastly, police say it may seem obvious, but remember to lock your doors, and that you might be surprised how often that is your downfall.