By: Jillian Wilson
Burglars and break ins might not be the first things folks are thinking about during Christmas time.
But Rock Island Police want to make sure your holiday gifts are secure.
"Make a point to know who your neighbors are and make sure that when you have an opportunity to talk to them if somebody is in your neighborhood that's not been seen before or maybe looks suspicious," said sergeant Dan Knittle, Rock Island Police Department.
Folks in Rock Island say they are keeping watch this time of year, but the community wide effort makes them feel safe.
"You get a little concerned about it, but the city of Rock Island does a great job. They've been policing the neighborhood. We have a lot of neighbors watching the area, so not too concerned," said Mike Thoms, a Rock Island resident.
But police said you can take safety one step further and invest in a security system and Quad Citians agree.
"The security system does give you an extra security blanket so to speak and feel comfortable, you can sleep at night."
Police said don't leave boxes from expensive items outside, because you may be clueing someone in that valuables are inside.
Folks like Lisa Horneck said they don't need a security system. Horneck said she feels safe on her street with her two giant dogs.
"I think if there was somebody suspicious lurking around the neighborhood, somebody would say something and my dogs would say something too," said Horneck.
Also, officers said don't be afraid to call 9–1–1 if you see someone suspicious in your area.