With Thanksgiving and Black Friday approaching at the end of the week, and Hanukkah and Christmas waiting in the wings, we urge you to take extra precautions this holiday season. "During this time of year, police routinely focus more attention on burglaries to residences and businesses, as well as theft and shoplifting, because these crimes increase tremendously during the holidays, Capt. Chris Smith of KPD's crime prevention unit said." - the Kokomo Tribune Authorities particularly urge you to be aware of your surroundings. Check out any suspicious behavior. Remember to lock up your home if you are traveling. Communicate with your neighbors. One of the best tips we have heard for this upcoming shopping season is "Keep your [credit] card face down when it is out of your wallet, and put it away once it is scanned. You never know if the person standing behind you in line is thumbing your credit card information into their phone, or taking pictures of it for future use." We hope you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!