The decorations are going up, so you know the holiday season is upon us and so is a possible increase in crime to businesses and shoppers, but there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our property.
"This time of year, robberies and burglaries do increase dramatically sometimes. For business owners, one of the things they can do is keep their windows clear of clutter. No posters. Make it where you can see the cashiers when we're driving by and also so the public can see," says Tallahassee Police LT Brian Donaldson.
LT Donaldson also says businesses should keep large bills out of the registers, make deposits regularly and keep the back doors locked.
For shoppers, there's additional advice.
"People need to be very alert on what's going on. They need to park in well lit areas, park where other cars are parked. Try to avoid carrying large amounts of cash if they can," explains Donaldson.
Tallahassee police and security officers from both malls recommend that you place your shopping items into the trunk of your car if you have a long day of shopping and then you can also move your car to a different parking area just in case someone is watching.
Officers also advise shoppers to call them with any suspicious activity; it can go a long way in preventing crime.
TPD also says if you're away from your home during the holidays, you should have someone check on your house and pick up your paper each day.