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Law Enforcement: Be Aware of Holiday Dangers

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The hectic holiday season could put you and your possessions at risk.

Alcohol related-traffic deaths, scams and burglaries all spike around Christmas and New Year's.

Only 15 percent of those burglaries are solved nationwide, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

One of the jobs of the Grand Island Police Department's new Crime Prevention Unit is to keeping you informed on ways to protect yourself.

Scams have been a big focus on their Facebook page this year.

But, police say many times using common sense can help you from becoming a victim.

"Make sure your house is locked up. Make sure it's lit. Make sure if you're going to be gone away that people know and are checking your house for you," said GIPD Chief Steve Lamken. "Be careful of the scams that are out there and check your credit card accounts. Make sure what's on that account is what you put on there."

The roads may be clear in much of the state, but the Nebraska State Patrol says don't let your guard down.

AAA predicts more than 85 million Americans will hit the road this week. More people on the roads mean the greater likelihood of a crash.

Officials say buckle up, maintain a good following distance, check weather conditions on your route and don't become distracted by things like texting.

If you're drinking, officials say to pace yourself or have a designated driver.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40 percent of traffic fatalities during these holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired. That's compared to 28 percent for the rest of December.

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