The winter season is a time of high crime in Idaho. The cold weather makes life for some miserable, and often desperate people take advantage of opportunities to steal certain items from homes and automobiles to better their own situation.

Odds are you know someone who has been the victim of a home break-in. Maybe you've experienced it yourself. On average, burglaries take place every 15 minutes in the United States, according to data from thezebra.com, and the harsh winter weather of Idaho can drive some criminals to the point they'll do almost anything to survive.

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Higher costs of living including utility bills and rent are resulting in more and more Americans living out of travel trailers and recreational vehicles, according to information shared by dailymail.com. Generators and gasoline are essential possessions owners of RVs must have to provide heat and electricity, and they make for an easy score for thieves when left out in plain site.

Generators would fall under the miscellaneous category of most commonly stolen items in the U.S., which accounts for more than half of all lost property, according to forbes.com. Other items you may want to keep hidden well this winter include cash, firearms, office equipment, and jewelry, according to forbes.com.

Generators and gasoline are essential possessions owners of RVs must have to provide heat and electricity, and they make for an easy score for thieves when left out in plain site.

I have to run two generators simultaneously sometimes to get through the winter season. Despite having cameras set up in my front and backyard, it would take just seconds for someone to walk up my driveway and wheel mine off into the darkness of night. Keep this in mind if you have your generator in a vulnerable location on your property.

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