COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department reported less house burglaries over this past Thanksgiving week than the previous two years.
From Nov. 22 to Dec. 2, CPD reported 15 residential burglaries and two commercial burglaries. That is down seven from last year.
From November 6, 2012 to November 27, 2012, the department reported 24 residential burglaries. In 2011, 36 residential burglaries were reported, along with three commercial burglaries.
Officer Latisha Stroer said the police department tries to advise the public on safety issues through social media like Twitter and Facebook.
"During spring break, Thanksgiving break and Christmas break we put a lot of prevention efforts out there with patrol officers that patrol extra during that time, working overtime to make sure houses aren't getting broken into," Stroer said. "We're also asking for the community to help out as well by making your house look lived in."
Stroer said when leaving the house for the holidays, make sure it doesn't look empty.
"Take things that are small with you, make your apartment or house look as if it's been lived in," Stroer said. "Stop mail and newspapers from gathering."
Stroer said Christmas time is when the most burglaries happen.