Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The holidays are right around the corner, and as many of you start shopping and planning those vacations, keep in mind that you may not be the only one making plans.
Tis' the season for burglaries.
"You'll see more home burglaries, but also auto burglaries should go up," said Capt. Tim Miller, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.
The FBI reports nearly 400,000 burglaries happen each year between November and December.
Of those, single family homes are the most frequently hit.
In Twin Falls County the week from Christmas through the New Year sees the highest number of incidents.
"Last year we had seven burglaries during that time frame of that week," said Capt. Miller.
Most of the burglaries are crimes of opportunity, such as leaving your home or car door unlocked.
"Many times it's walking through the mall parking lot, seeing what's available, nobody around and it's a quick grab and then they're gone," said Capt. Miller.
Captain Miller describes electronics as the most stolen item.
"Record the serial number and put that list in a safe place. That goes for firearms or anything that is an expensive electronic item," said Capt. Miller.
Here are some things you can do to keep yourself from becoming a target.
"In the evenings have your lights on. If you're going to be gone arrange with your neighbor, visit with him, let him know you'll be gone and to keep an eye on your home," said Capt. Miller.
It's also recommended you place a light on an electronic timer so it looks like you're home, stop your mail if you're leaving town and don't display your Christmas tree in the window.
According to the FBI, 85% of burglaries go unsolved.