Holiday Season Means Rise in Crime Activity

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) Law enforcement from the Augusta County Sheriff's Office to Harrisonburg Police say now is the time to also start stocking up on caution.

"You know, you're always kind of cruising and looking around. See who is around your car and and what not," said Lori Baldree, who was shopping for Christmas gifts at the Valley Mall.

She said she is on high alert when doing her holiday shopping.

"We do tend to see an up tick in crime, related to larcenies and burglaries this time of they year," said Rachel Hammer, who is a Community Resource Officer with the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Some of the safety tips Harrisonburg Police recommends are things as simple as locking your doors.

"With all the holiday ruckus that's going on, a lot of times people will forget to lock their doors and windows when they leave the area," said Hammer.

For college students going home for Christmas break and others traveling outside of the Valley, steps should be taken to keep possessions safe.

That includes putting a hold on mail while you are away, placing all valuables out of sight in cars and storing bikes indoors.

Also, store the make, model and serial number for all valuables.

Harrisonburg Police has implemented a new system known as geographical policing, that they hope will better help keep them safe this holiday season.

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