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Sheriff’s Office offers holiday tips

Due to the holidays, crime rates tend to have a slight up-swing. This is due, in part, to shoppers having more cash and credit cards with them while shopping, shopping later than usual and the relaxed, easygoing attitude that comes with this time of year. We call it good cheer. Criminals call it complacency. By remaining aware of holiday season risks, you can better protect yourself. Read the holiday safety tips compiled by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at