SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - As we get into the holiday season, holiday shopping begins; but this is also the time where car break ins become more frequent.
"I think they've already kind of started. I just recommend to people keep your car door locked. Some people will just try to open it if it's unlocked they'll try to get in it. If not, they're liable to break your window," says Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Chief Deputy Harnen says a good practice is not only keeping your doors locked, but also keeping anything of value hidden and out of sight in your car.
"Keep it locked up in the trunk if you do have something in there or try to keep it covered up and hidden. It kind of deters them from breaking into your car."
He also says be aware when shopping at night and walking with valuables to your car.
"People just need to be vigilant when they're walking out through parking lots this time a year," says Chief Deputy Harnen. "There's also people that like to mug people, and we don't have that big a problem in this county. But in more populated areas we have problems with people getting mugged when they go to their cars. Just always be vigilant."
Always remain aware of your surroundings. Chief Deputy Harnen also encourages to walk in crowds when leaving a store or even call the authorities to escort you, if you feel unsafe.