YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The holidays bring presents – and also thieves. Police all across the area noticed an increase in crime over the weekend.
People all across the Mahoning Valley reported an increase in burglaries this weekend.
In Youngstown and Warren alone, police took more than two dozen reports just since Christmas Eve.
Detectives say the holidays give criminals lots of targets.
Police departments all across the area have page after page of burglary reports from this weekend.
“People purchasing gifts for their loved ones, and for friends. So a lot of times the take on that theft would be a lot greater than if it’s just a normal time of year,” Sheriff’s Major Jeff Allen said.
Police don’t have suspects in many of the burglaries, saying they mostly take place when people aren’t home.
The Christmas shopping season is making another crime easier for thieves.
“We’ve seen several incidences where people are getting things delivered for Christmas and the packages are being left on the porch when the residents aren’t home,” Allen said.
Thieves will watch for deliveries and grab packages when the no one is home. In Cortland, homeowner Joe Fonce caught one would-be burglar on tape.
Two years ago, someone broke into Fonce’s home and stole thousands of dollars worth of property. Now, he keeps his camera running all the time. He thinks that’s what scared off this thief.
Just over the last year, online shopping has increased by 20%, which means more deliveries and more opportunities for the packages to be stolen.
Police say if you’re expecting a delivery, track It closely, and try to be home, or get it off your porch as quickly as possible to prevent theft.
Below is a map of break-ins in Warren, Youngstown and Boardman between Christmas and Monday, 12/27. Red markers represent burglaries that happened on Christmas; green stand for 12/26, blue are on 12/27, and yellow are for burglaries that happened on 12/28.