The holiday season is a time for friends, family, and tradition. Most of us are focused only on the good times, such as gift-giving and spending time with loved ones. Between family dropping in, shopping, baking, wrapping, getting kids where they need to be and work, anyone can easily become the next victim of a criminal who preys during this hectic time.
Common Holiday Felonies
An Allstate Insurance Company study revealed that the rate of crime increases during the holidays. Theft crimes are one of the most common — you can guess why. Packages are delivered to homes all over the world and, inevitably, one is left on your front porch or in front of your apartment door, giving anyone the opportunity to steal that package. In affluent and low-income neighborhoods alike, Christmas presents lying under a tree look like fair game to a burglar — they don’t care whether you can replace them or not.
The Most Common Holiday Criminal Arrests
Some of the other most common crimes that are committed during the holidays include the following:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Sexual assault
Advice: The above three increase because of the number of holiday parties going on. Remember to be aware when drinking and stay with a trusted friend, partner, or family member.
- Fraud and scams
- Identity theft
- Auto theft
Advice: When you are out shopping, make sure you lock your car and keep track of your belongings. Keeping your wallet closer to your person than a coat pocket or in a purse leave it more open to pickpockets. Only shop at trusted stores and websites to decrease your risk of identity theft or credit/debit card fraud.
- Family violence
Keep your home safe by making sure things are locked up at all times. Make sure someone is always home or make sure to run home and turn on the lights before going back out. As we know, burglars will watch homes and figure out light timers and when the house is open. Separate yourself from family drama and if any starts make sure that it doesn’t escalate. If you feel it will call the police.