PINNACLE, N.C. -- The holidays are a time for get-togethers and gift giving – and thieves know it.
Bobby Clayton returned to his home Thanksgiving to find someone busted open his door, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.
"My son said ‘daddy they are trying to hurt us,’” he said.
The intruders didn't take anything but sense of security for the father of two.
He said he now gets up two or three times in the middle of the night just to check his doors.
Investigators said they typically see a spike in crimes like home break-ins during the holidays. They’re reminding folks to be extra vigilant over the next several weeks for anything suspicious.
"In the community, we've seen them knocking on several doors during the day," said Scotty Parker.
Parker, along with his neighbors on Cook School Road near Pilot Mountain, said aggressive door salesmen are visiting their homes.
"They are real forceful with the door, trying to get in to look around,” Parker said.
Parker and his neighbors have increased their community watch and calling law enforcement.
Investigators said if anyone looks out of place or suspicious, especially during daylight hours, call law enforcement.