The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can make you a target for crime. Neosho police say the number of car break-ins is up sharply compared to this time last year. Officials say they've also seen a slight increase in residential and business burglaries.
Officers say it's not just holiday gifts but other items in vehicles considered valuable to those needing holiday cash.
They say it can be the hurried nature of the season the makes some an easy target.
"There's an increase of property in vehicles and people leave their vehicles unlocked, not intentionally sometimes, they get rushed around they just forget to secure their vehicles or their homes and leave it easily easy for crime to pick up," says Sgt. Mike Sharp of the Neosho Police Department.
Police suggest checking all windows and doors in your home to ensure they're locked and to park in high traffic areas in well lit areas when shopping.