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Adams Co. Sheriff's Office says burglars get more "gutsy" during the holidays

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As you make your Christmas plans, be ware that burglars have their own plans to spoil your holiday.

New information from the FBI shows nearly 400,000 burglaries occur in November and December alone.

The Adams County sheriff's office says thieves target houses during the holidays, where Christmas lights aren't on, and there are plenty of bushes near windows to hide in.

But with the help of neighbors and few precautions, you can keep burglars out of your home this holiday season.

"Well you just can't believe it, and when something like that happens like that so close to your home when you live in a neighborhood that you think is secure that people move and stay a long time, it's so surprising," said Monica Scholz.

After a slew of break-ins a few years ago, Monica Scholz, and her neighbors decided to keep an extra watchful eye out especially during the holidays.

"We have neighbors sometimes who go away for an extended period of time there is always somebody who is checking on their house picking up their mail, picking up their paper," said Scholz.

Sergeant Dale Holt with the Adams County Sheriffs Office says they see more break ins in the weeks Before Christmas as opposed to after, and says burglars are getting even more gutsy in our area, even breaking in when people are home.

"The last thing you want to tell your kids when you wake up Christmas morning is somebody has already been in here and it's gone. We've had burglaries in the past with the sheriff's office, where people have been home, and the gifts had been taken."

Sergeant Holt says to avoid becoming a target: Don't put your presents under the Christmas tree until right before Christmas, and he says while leaving your lights on a timer can be a good thing, it could also tip off burglars to your routine.

"Adjust that every once in a while, they pay attention to that kind of stuff and most of the time, they scan where they are going to be before they do it, they pay attention to people," said Sgt. Holt.

Another tip: don't post any travel plans on social media, you don't want to tip anyone off as to when you'll be out of town.

Sergeant Holt says the Adams County Sheriff's Office offers home check ins While you're out of town. Tell them where you live and they will drive by to check on your house, and that's a free service.

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