As the holidays approach thieves are finding ways to separate you from your wallet.
Dothan police are out in full force protecting residents from Holiday crimes.
Officers say burglaries and thefts are the biggest crimes during the holidays.
And they're offering advice on how to avoid becoming a statistic.
"With burglaries we see that often times people who are criminals of opportunity will look for homes where it appears there's a lot of packaging," said Corporal Rachel David, PIO Dothan Police Department.
Criminals will look for gifts in windows and even search trash bins for wrapping paper and receipts.
"To combat that don't wrap everything and have it sit under the tree. Put those things in a place that's not highly visible as you're driving by or walking by your residence," said David.
While holiday shopping may be a way to relax some criminals view it as an opportunity.
"They're looking for that person who may set down your bags. Those bags can easily be swapped or taken."
David says the department is increasing patrols at all department stores throughout the month of December.
"Don't park near cars that have dark tinted windows that you can't see in. Park in a well lit area and tries to travel in pairs."
The important thing to remember is to stay alert.
Simply putting your purse in the front part of your cart can make you more susceptible to thieves.
The best way to avoid this is to not carry a purse, instead place cards and money in your pockets.
"If you have to carry a purse simply clutches it under your arms so it's next to you and never set it down."
"People get greedy and get desperate and do things they normally would not do," said David.
There isn't a full proof way to prevent burglaries and theft
But if you follow the tips, it will decrease the likelihood of it occurring to you.
Corporal Rachel David add you should contact police if you see a suspicious vehicle in your neighborhood because it's always better to be safe than sorry.