Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on December 26, 2012 @ 7:11PM
Created on December 26, 2012 @ 5:33PM
We've always heard that Christmas is a time of giving, but do you want to give away that new flat screen TV Santa brought you?
18-year-old Caleb Truax knows what it's like to wake up to one of those high priced item for Christmas.
"My uncle is always on the cutting edge of technology," Truax said. "It's always nice to get something that 'one ups' him."
According to police this is a peak time for home break-ins. That's because criminals know how to "one up" people too.
"We have heard of several in Monogalia County," Chief Vic Propst, of the Star City Police Department, said. "We try to stay vigilant."
In addition to being the Chief of Police in Star City, Propst is also former deputy of the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department. That means he has a pretty good idea on what the criminals are looking for.
"These are crimes of opportunity," Propst said. "They don't plan on going to 'hit' a certain target. They go out looking for opportune places to 'hit'."
Propst said if you get a high priced item like a t-v, or a computer, don't leave the box for it outside your house.
"We'll keep the boxes inside," Bill White, a Fairmont resident, said. "Then we take them for recycling at then end of the week."
Propst also mentioned never post what you got for Christmas on sites like Facebook. He said if you do that you're only asking for problems.
"Tell them (your friends) on the phone, have a big party," Propst said. "Don't invite the bad guys into your home."
If you still plan on doing some traveling this holiday season check in with your local police department. Most departments offer some sort of vacation home check service. That's where police will drive by your house when you're out of town to make sure everything is alright.
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