GENEVA CO., Ala. (WDHN)—The “yuletide season” is a time of joy for reflection and when many pray for world peace. But unfortunately,
not everyone wishes peace and “joy” to their neighbors.

Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms says this is the time when his deputies traditionally see a “spike” in burglaries and other property crimes.

So he advises folks to be especially “careful” when it comes to “concealing” gifts in vehicles and make sure you don’t use social media to say you’re “out-of-town” on vacation.

That could pose an invitation for those looking to steal your holiday.

Sheriff Helms says the best advice is to be aware of your surroundings and be cautious
of strangers you may see in your neighborhood. They may be looking for an opportunity
to be the Christmas Grinch.