Abbeville police chief expects to see increase in crime during upcoming holiday season

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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — The holiday season is just around the corner, and while it’s a time to spread joy and good cheer, unfortunately, many in law enforcement say it’s a season of thieving.

According to Abbeville Police Chief, Eric Blakenship, as people travel to visit family and friends, porch pirates and other criminals often make their appearance during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

“Usually this time of the year is where we kind of start the trend up, where you’ll see more burglaries, more thefts,” Blankenship said. “Whether it’s related to the holidays, people stealing to acquire money for that, or just coincidence, but it’s always a time of the year it seems to spike.”

Blankenship said because of the increase of thefts, businesses should take the time to make sure they have an effective security system to ensure they do not fall victim to these crimes.

“The best thing that I can recommend for anybody with their business, whether home or anything is a security system,” Blankenship said. “The security systems have helped us more with solving more crimes, also helped us with conviction rates. It’s kind of hard when you have video proof of someone standing there for them to argue that it wasn’t them.”

Blankenship also said that a security system is one of the quickest ways for the police to be alerted which can help them catch a theft faster. This can result in injustice for a business that was targeted by a criminal.

“Anything they can do to alert us sooner, so the quicker that we can respond, then the better of a chance we have of getting that person caught and getting them convicted,” Blankenship said.

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