CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The holiday season is here, but unfortunately, it’s this time of year when police see an increase in car and home break-ins.

In one south Charlotte neighborhood alone, there have been 13 residential break-ins and 24 car break-ins during the month of November. This is compared to only six residential break-ins for all of October.

According to officer Beth Jackson with CMPD’s South Division, which covers neighborhoods including Beverly Woods, Quail Hollow Estates and Huntingtowne Farms, three of the 13 home break-ins occurred Wednesday.

Police reports state that homes on Sugar Mill Road, Bramwyck Drive and Cedar Creek Lane were all robbed in the middle of the day, where robbers were able to get away with TVs, jewelry, and gaming consoles among other items. All of the homes are within a few miles of each other.

“Make sure that you’re setting your house alarms, if you have them, leaving your outdoor lights on, letting your trusted neighbors know you’re going out of town and making sure it looks like somebody’s home,” says officer Jackson.

Police are advising residents to keep a closer eye out for unusual cars in their neighborhoods and to dial 911 if one is spotted.

“So many people are afraid to dial 911, but that’s what it’s for, that’s what we’re here for,” said Officer Jackson.

Police say it’s not just homes, though, that are being targeted. They’re also warning of an increase in car break-ins. Of the 24 reported at CMPD’s South Division in November, officer Jackson says four occurred in the Harris YMCA parking lot Wednesday.

“There were smashed windows, and three of those four cars had purses left in them,” she said. “Take everything out of your vehicle. If they don’t see anything, they’re not going to want to go into that vehicle.”

And this holiday season as you check off your shopping list, police recommend putting shopping bags in your truck and out of sight.