The holiday season is here and law enforcement has a warning for you to keep your guard up.
Leon County deputies say every burglar is likely to be an opportunist, so your best defense against becoming a victim this holiday season. According to the FBI a burglary occurs somewhere in the U.S. every 15 seconds.
Leon County Sheriff's Deputies say they do see a spike in break-ins around the holidays, but there are ways to reduce your risk.
Keep all doors and windows locked. Never leave valuables in plain site and be aware of your surroundings.
Windows are left open at a much higher rate than doors, an open window visible from the street may be the sole reason your home is selected by a burglar.
Authorities say the key to making your home look unappealing to burglars is to make it look like somebody is home; leave on a light if you are going to be out of town, have a neighbor get your newspapers, have the post office hold your mail.
Deputies also encourage people use common sense shopping this season. Try not to carry to many things to your car at once or into your home.