Town Sees Spike in Home Break-Ins

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Often around Christmastime neighborhoods will see a spike in home break-ins.

That's the case in one town where more and more people are returning home from work to find they've been visited by a Grinch.

Wes Gilliam is one of the latest victims. Saturday night thieves broke into his garage and stole nearly 25 thousand dollars worth of his stuff.

"I wish I could meet those people and discuss a few things with them," Gilliam said.

Gilliam is the chief of the Olive Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

“It goes to show you no one is exempt from it,” he said, “law enforcement, firefighters, they don't discriminate. They have no conscience. It doesn't bother them."

Olive Hill Police Officer James Frint says the bulk of the burglaries have been occurring during the day while people are at work.

"I come in at 2 o'clock, and I usually get a call of a burglary or break-in," Frint said.

He says Christmas is prime season for these crimes.

"Numbers increase because the stuff they think is in the home at the time," he said.

Several of the break-ins have occurred in the Blueberry Ridge area of town.

Police say they do have a couple suspects.

Here are some tips from police for protecting your home from burglars:

-Don't leave any valuables in sight of windows.

- Avoid telling people about the valuables in your home.

- Don't post your vacation plans on social media websites.

- If you're headed out of town for the holidays have a plan in place to have snow shoveled so it looks like you are home.

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