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Home burglaries spike in Shelby County as holidays approach

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Since October the Shelby County Sheriff's office says they've responded to more than 20 home burglaries, a number they only expect to grow as the holidays get closer. Since October the Shelby County Sheriff's office says they've responded to more than 20 home burglaries, a number they only expect to grow as the holidays get closer.
Teri O'Day Teri O'Day
Major Jason Rice Major Jason Rice

SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Since October the Shelby County Sheriff's office says they've responded to more than 20 home burglaries, a number they only expect to grow as the holidays get closer.

There are many reasons Teri O'Day loves living in rural Shelby County. "We have a lot of peace and quiet," said O'Day. 

So when she heard that break-ins are on the rise and detectives say it's homes like hers that are targeted, it's the peace of mind she's worried about losing...again.

"When we first moved out here our house was broken into and trashed and a lot of different things taken," said O'Day. 

Major Jason Rice says while it's happening all over, it's the remote areas of the county like off of Fisherville Road that thieves prey on the most.

"They feel a little sense of comfort when they do burglarize a home because of lack of visibility to the home," said Rice. 

Rice says usually the crook will first test the house to see if anybody is home by knocking on the door. If someone answers, they'll ask for directions or make up an excuse.

"If someone does not answer the door, they typically go to the rear of the home and make entry forcefully into the home and the primary thing that they are looking for is money and jewelry," said Rice. 

Rice says it all happens in just a matter of minutes and the crimes are picking up during the holidays.

"As a burglar they do know there's a good chance there is more money that has been saved up that is either used to purchase gifts or give as gifts," said Rice. 

In order to protective your home while you are away, making it look like you are there is key. 
Rice suggests to use lights on timers, leave a car in the driveway, and keep in close contact with your neighbors.

"If they are going out of town they let us know, if we are, we let them know, we get the mail for each other," said O'Day. 

The sheriff's office urges if someone suspicious comes to your door or if you see something around your home that just doesn't seem right don't hesitate to give them a call.

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