Police urge caution as crime spikes around holidays

(WIAT) — Police across Alabama are warning everyone to protect themselves this holiday season.

As Christmas approaches, crimes like shoplifting and burglary spike, and in many communities, police are already dealing with this seasonal crime trend.

On Tuesday, a Margaret woman came home to find two men leaving her house with several wrapped Christmas gifts she’d purchased.

The woman called police and within minutes, Officer Alan Busler with the Argo Police Department found the two suspects and pulled them over.

“I guess when they saw me they decided they didn’t want to stop,” Busler said.

According to Busler, the suspects sped south along Interstate 59, into Birmingham. Busler caught them near the Roebuck Golf Course.

Tyler R. Baird and his brother, Christopher M. Baird, are now facing several charges related to the theft, chase and allegedly being under the influence.

While these suspects were quickly caught, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in naming a man who was caught on camera this week stealing packages from doorsteps in the Fields Crossing subdivision.

Crimes like these are why law enforcement is coming out in force, to help people protect themselves.

The Gadsden Police Department made this video, which includes crime prevention tips.

On Saturday, the Cordova Police Department will hold a civilian firearms class, emphasizing the importance of protecting oneself during the holiday season.

“With everything going on in the world today, we know people are going out and buying firearms,” said Officer Shelby Luttrell, who will be teaching the class. “We just want people to know how to use them safely, how to protect themselves and their family.”

If you’d like to participate in the class, call 205-483-7378.

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