Law enforcement warns of holiday thefts

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With less than a week until Christmas, delivery companies are busy bringing presents to your door.

Unfortunately, law enforcement officers said this is a peak time for thieves.

From Jonesboro to Brookland to Paragould, officers said it has been pretty quiet. However, they expect at least several reports of stolen packages within these next days leading up to Christmas.

Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department said packages on a front porch allow thieves to grab your items quickly and leave quickly.

Rolland said this makes it difficult for the department to track down suspects.

He said being a good neighbor is the best way to combat this crime.

"It is basically the same thing as having hundreds more deputy sheriffs or Jonesboro police officers or what have you. Having those extra eyes and ears keep an eye out it really does help out," Rolland said.

Rolland said if you are planning to leave town, do the exact same thing: notify neighbors.

He also wanted to remind everyone with Christmas trees to turn the lights off on it when no one is home and shut the blinds.

Rolland said when families are finished opening presents from Santa, put the empty boxes in a trash can, not beside it. He said this will make your house less appealing to criminals.

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