LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - What is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, can turn out to be quite the opposite, if your home is burglarized. The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office wants to make sure that doesn't happen to you. "The holidays are supposed to be about family and happiness and it's just pure tragedy for somebody to walk in their home and find it in the aftermath of a burglary," said Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe.
Rowe says the holiday season is a favorite for children, but also for burglars and vandals. "We see this time of year we have a lot of vandalism, vehicle burglaries also increase, we also see a lot of tampering with things people put out in their yards, trees and that sort of stuff," said Rowe.
Last year the Sheriff's Office saw more than 60 home burglaries during the months of November and December, a significant increase from other months. That's why they say Operation Saint Nick is so important. "The basic plan of Operation St. Nick is not only to increase our deterrent force out there in order words, putting maximum force of marked units, but we are also putting out a sizeable number of unmarked vehicles," said Rowe.
So the deputies will be out in full force keeping an eye on your neighborhood, but what can you do at home to protect yourself. "Try to merge as a neighborhood and watch out for each other, the neighbors know when there is strange vehicles or when there are people that just don't belong there," sad Rowe.
Rowe says always lock your doors and leave a light on if you are gone. Small steps to keep your holiday season bright. "If there is a brand new Playstation 3 or an Xbox 360 under the tree or a new LCD TV along with anything else they find in the residence that's what they are going to go for," said Rowe.
The Sheriff's Office just started Operation Saint Nick last week and they are already on their way to success.
Rowe says though the investigation is ongoing, he believes they have three suspects that could be responsible for up to 15 burglaries.
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