Metro police are reminding the public to be vigilant about locking doors and securing valuables as they head into the holiday season.
Police said during the final weeks of every year they see an increase in residential burglaries, vehicle burglaries, personal robberies and auto thefts.
"It's all about opportunity," Central Precinct Commander Jason Reinbold said. "People need to be aware that there is more of a chance of becoming a victim because you are going Christmas shopping and now you have valuables on your person and in your vehicle."
Officers also said people should follow the Metro police's park smart advice and not leave valuables in their vehicles. They also warn people not to leave keys in their cars or leave a running car unattended.
Auto theft numbers from last week showed that 57 percent of stolen cars had keys either inside the vehicle or available to the car thief.
Of those vehicles five cars were stolen when the owner left the car running unattended.
"You are basically offering a vehicle to anyone who goes by you need to be smart enough not to do that," Reinbold said.
Police also want people to report suspicious activity to police.
"We always want to harden ourselves from becoming a victim of any crime so it requires being aware of your whereabouts," Reinbold said.
Savannah Rogers is visiting Nashville from Central Florida. She told News 2 that during the holidays she is extra vigilant about personal safety.
"I grew up in a smaller city so in big cities I'm a little more cautious and I work in a mall," Rogers said. "I always check to make sure I have everything when I leave somewhere."
To check on crime in your area you can use the crime mapping tool Metro police make available online.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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