Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year. Families come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the start of a new year and, most importantly, each other.
However, not everyone has these same positive sentiments. Home invasions and robberies have become increasingly more common around the holidays.
Last week the Fulton Hill neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia increased police patrols after two violent break-ins occurred within a mile of each other.
A few days earlier, thieves broke into a Superior Township, Michigan home and stole a slew of valuable personal items, including Christmas presents.
Families must be vigilant in warding off these Christmas grinches. Keep all doors locked, stow gifts out of sight of windows, and be mindful of strangers in the neighborhood.