The county Sheriff's Department provided the following tips for preventing crime during the holiday season:
* Lock doors to residences. Put lights on a timer so that they are turned on during the evening to make the residence look occupied.
* Until Christmas day, keep gifts in different areas throughout a house.
In case of a break-in, the burglar won't find all the items together.
* Lock the doors to vehicles while at shopping areas. Buy expensive or large items last, rather than keeping them in a vehicle until done shopping. Put packages in the trunk or cover them.