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Gifts for the taking: Criminals look for opportunity

Posted at 8:41 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 22:41:02-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — It is the season of giving and for criminals the season of taking. "The holidays do bring about criminal activity," said Colorado Springs Police Department, Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Ausec.

As you hurry to get those final gifts, crime prevention pros warn you to be cautious. "It's risk verses reward," said Ausec. Criminals pay attention to anyone not paying attention.Criminals look for signs of people away from home. A timer on lights and perhaps a vehicle in the drive can make a burglar question the risk. Tell as few people as possible when you will be gone. "You don't want to broadcast that especially on social media," Ausec said. Neighbors should also keep watch for neighbors

Robbers will target shoppers who look loaded down, distracted, and unable to quickly take action.

The most common scenario is criminals looking for valuable items left in vehicles. "A good thing to do is if you are shopping in person make sure you're not leaving anything of value inside that vehicle,” said Ausec, “Especially nothing that can be easily seen inside the vehicle by someone outside."