Don't let thieves rob your holiday spirit

The holidays abound with opportunity – opportunity for thieves to prey on expensive investments – the one you drive and the Christmas gifts you are piling into that mode of transportation.

How awful to walk out of your house or into the shopping mall parking lot and find all of it gone. Poof. You have just made it easy for a thief with your lapse of common sense.

Auto thefts have been on the rise in the Prescott and Prescott Valley areas, and authorities attribute some of the incidents to "opportunity crimes." That happens when the villain spots your car, unlocked (maybe the keys are even in the ignition) in a dark place. Car thieves are on the prowl year-round, and a few simple precautions will help keep their sticky fingers from attacking you and your possessions.

Lock your car, even at home, in the supposed security of your carport or driveway. Never leave the keys in your auto. When you are in a public place, park your car in a well-lighted area. Remember, too, to put all your Christmas packages in the trunk of your car out of sight of someone with evil intent.

People get in a hurry this time of year and can be absent-minded. But, make it a habit to protect yourself and your auto.

Don't let a grinch steal your Christmas.