While department stores' main concern this holiday season may be shoplifting, for shoppers, their worries may extend into the parking lot. But why are car break-ins such a problem around the holidays, and how can you stop them?
"Car break-ins continue to be the biggest problem we have in Bowling Green," said Officer Barry Pruitt of the Bowling Green Police Department.
It's already a daily incident, and with the holiday season in full swing, car break-ins are on an upward turn.
"Car break-ins are a crime of opportunity," added Pruitt. "They look over and see something like a purse or shopping bags, and it makes it very tempting. That's when the crime happens."
On this rainy Sunday, car burglaries are indeed on the minds of these holiday shoppers as they offer up some of their own advice.
"Just make sure that you don't leave valuables out in the seats," Mia Wireman advises. "And move your car around when you're bringing lots of packages out of the mall."
"You can put things in your trunk so it's not visible from your windows if someone's just walking by," adds Dustin Ellis.
"Don't forget to lock your car," said Amy Cash.
They're all pieces of advice that Officer Pruitt recommends. The general idea is for area residents to just stay vigilant about what can be seen through their car windows.
"You really have to protect yourself in this type of crime," said Officer Pruitt. "By simply removing those things out of plain sight, that will go a long way toward not making you a target."
Nearly 2.5 million car break-ins are reported every year across the country. That's 281 break-ins every hour.