SIKESTON -- Christmas is typically thought of as the season of giving, but for some, it's also the season of taking.
The holiday shopping season is a peak time for crimes such as home burglaries and thefts, but Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for Sikeston Department of Public Safety, offered tips for keeping the holidays crime free this year.
"Unfortunately, we typically see an increase in theft around this time of year," McMillen said. "This year is proving to fit that pattern as well as residential burglaries are on the rise."
Over the last 30 days, 23 burglaries have been reported in Sikeston, according to DPS incident reports.
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