will be charged. 3 We're also following a neighborhood crime alert EVERYONE needs to watch out for. While the holiday season may be a time for giving... it can also be a time for TAKING. Crimes-- like car burglaries and petty theft-- generally go up. And as Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem explains, one local woman learned that the hard way. She says, all her money she intended to spend on Christmas gifts, is now GONE. 3 00-0512-1517-2530-37138- 14327:13 This is what they do...thieves look for valuable items in an unlocked door and BINGO it's there's for the taking...that's exactly what happened to Betty Mitchell... Betty Mitchell, Victim of Theft 29:44 You really feel bad you feel like you've been violated you know because all your personal stuff is out there.Mitchell parked her car in her work parking lot at the Gateway Mall .It's the same place she always parks... a place she thought she was safe. But our crime and safety analyst Ken Jefferson says you should never assume your valuables are safe..Ken Jefferson, Crime and Safety Analyst 34:05 You never should have a false sense of security even if you're at work even if you're at church you should never have a false sense of security to think thieves will steal from you in certain places.Mitchell left a computer bag full of valuables in her car ...she also left the backseat door unlocked ..a witness saw two boys steal from the car and run...) Items stolen from Mitchell's car include: $2,500 dollars cash a wallet Driver's License, Social Security card, debit and credit cards check book a dell computer briefcase and her grandson's baseball bat. 28:05 Christmas money and all that now I can't even buy my grandkids and kids Christmas presents because I don't have the money and I still have to pay the loan back even though the money is gone.Jefferson says theft is more popular this time of year because more people carry cash around the holidays...34:43 This time of year thieves are looking for people who are vulnerable people who pull out large amounts of cash people who leave items in their cars visible where they can break in and steal it.CLOSE: 27:34 Jefferson has some advice for you...never have large amounts of cash in your wallet...never keep anything that looks valuable in plain sight and always lock your doors. AM C4 TLS.