Daviess Co. Sheriff’s Office gives tips on protecting holiday gifts

Daviess Co. Sheriff’s Office gives tips on protecting holiday gifts

DAVIESS CO., KY (WFIE) - It’s a story we’ve already reported several times this holiday season, so much it may make you want to say, “Bah Humbug!”

Reporter Katie Kapuista rode along with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and learned how some of us are making it easy for the crooks to get away with our stuff.

Sgt. Chester Freels always has his head on a swivel. What’s he looking for?

“Anything suspicious,” he said. “Watch for cars. Make sure they’re wearing their seat belts. No violations going on.”

During the holiday season, the focus changes a little.

“This time of year especially since people are stealing packages off porches, we’re trying to watch for that.”

Freels has been in law enforcement for 24 years and says theft has almost always been a problem for one reason: unlocked cars.

“Most of the thefts from vehicles are opportunity. They’ll walk through neighborhoods and pull on every door handle. When they find one unlocked, they get in it and see what they can find.”

But it’s often difficult to find the culprit.

"You just have to be at the right place at the right time to catch someone during the daytime.”

That’s why Freels and the sheriff’s office always recommend you lock your car and house and don’t leave anything of value in sight.

“If they see it, they’re gonna take it.”

Although the sheriff’s office wishes they could catch every criminal in the act, that’s not always the case.

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