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"The glass was shattered on the front door of the salon," Campbell said.

She says someone broken through the front door, then came into the salon and took nearly 200 dollars from a cash box.

"It's upsetting for someone to come in and violate you," Campbell said.

It was one of several businesses recently burglarized in Summit County, which Summit County Undersheriff Derek Woodman says now also includes several ATM's at Keystone and Copper Mountain.

"The ATM's were forcefully entered and basically destroyed, and the cash box removed," Woodman said.

It's all part of a pattern police see each year. As ski areas close and business slow down, police start getting very busy.

"It does seem to run with the end of the ski season," Woodman said.

Typically, as the ski season comes to a close, some people who have seasonal jobs find that those jobs have gone away. When the jobs disappear, the money goes with it, which is when police says they start to see a rise in crime.

"There are certainly [more] occurrence[s] of theft and burglary, and it does increase," Woodman said.

Police say just because ski towns are small doesn't mean you shouldn't watch out. Homes and cars should stay locked and businesses shouldn't keep extra cash around after they close.

"We do have a criminal element going around rattling doors," Woodman said.

After all, back at Southern Exposure, Campbell is not only getting the front door fixed, but after 10 years, she's installing a security system.

"It's on its way Monday, along with the alarm guy that's coming on Monday, too," Campbell said.

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