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Robberies on the rise in Jacksonville in 2013

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The number of reported robberies is on the rise in Jacksonville.

From January 1 through November 14, 2013, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says there were 1,020 robberies in Duval County.

That includes both armed and unarmed robberies.

During the same time period in 2012, there were 68 fewer robberies reported in Duval County.

One incident was reported as recently as November 10. Just after 8:30 p.m., police say a woman approached an employee at Basil's Pizza and Subs on North Main Street armed with a gun.

Surveillance video then shows a male suspect walk in, pick up the cash register and run out along with the female suspect.

Cash America Pawn on N. Main St. was also held up recently.

On November 5 at 5:30 a.m., police say the suspect pulled out a handgun and instructed the clerks to open the cash registers.

He allegedly grabbed the cash and was seen getting away in a newer model silver Cadillac Escalade with dark tinted windows and 20 inch chrome wheels.

The Family Dollar on Wilson Blvd. was robbed on October 30 around 10 p.m.

Witnesses say a suspect flashed a pistol at the front counter and demanded money before running away.

And you might have read about another robbery that happened to two employees at First Coast News.

Reporter Mike Lyons and photographer Mike Bunker were held up at gunpoint while on the job a few weeks ago.

They'll share their story during First Coast News at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Meanwhile, here are a few tips to help you and and your family safe during the busy holiday season.

The National Crime Prevention Council cautions not to buy more than you can carry.

Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.

Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front pant pocket to deter pickpockets.

Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.

Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or take them directly home.

And according to former Jacksonville detective and crime expert, Michael Knox, there are three key places where you can fall victim to crime.

They are parking lots, ATMs and your own home.

Knox suggests parking in well lit areas that are not isolated and using ATMs that are open during a bank's regular business hours.

As for your own home, Knox says avoid having presents visible from the outside and always keep your windows and doors locked.

First Coast News

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