The holiday season is a great time to have fun with friends and family in a way you don’t really get to throughout much of the year. However, when the alcohol starts flowing, many people get into conflicts that could put a damper on the season, and even put you behind bars.
While a high holiday crime rate might not make sense to you, and you may not think you’ll be part of the statistics, there are some crimes you should watch out for. Avoid these six holiday crimes at all costs since they really could ruin your season and end up with you or a loved one behind bars.
It makes sense that shoplifting is a top crime during the holiday season, but stealing to get gifts just isn’t worth it. It could land you in jail for a considerable amount of time, and there’s really no person that a thoughtful card and a hug wouldn’t please.
Much like shoplifting, robbery is often associated with the need for cash and gifts during the holidays. It’s not worth it, and robbery can land you in jail much longer than stealing a watch from a store, especially if somebody gets hurt in the process.
People tend to drink in celebration mode over the holidays, but jumping in the car after is no good. Either take a cab or make sure you’re under the limit when you get in your vehicle.
Theft is all about money over the holidays, and stealing cars is a way to get lots of cash. The repercussions could put you in jail for years.
Tempers flare around family and alcohol, and assaults are all too common. Even hitting a family member could cost you.
Christmas is the season of goodwill to everyone. However, unless you intend to extent that festive generosity to your local criminal fraternity, it’s also the time of year when you should be extra-vigilant with your home security.
Consider these tips this holiday season to keep your property and gifts safe:
Home Security Equipment. You should review your home security requirements on a regular basis anyway, but it’s wise to make a note on your wall calendar for the beginning of November to check that window and door locks fit properly, and that burglar alarms and entry phone systems are serviced. Make sure your home and insurance are also up to date, and that any new and expensive purchases you’ve made during the year are covered within it.
Turn off location tracker on social media. Although some retailers will give you incentives to check in when you shop with them, sometimes, it’s just not worth the discount if thieves have hacked the store’s social media accounts.
No need to publicize. Still on the subject of social media, don’t Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram pictures of your gifts, and take particular care not to mention how much you might have spent. If you tag a store, or a brand, you’re running the risk of people other than your friends list seeing what you’ve purchased, and it’s not hard to find out where you live if you check in when you get home. Also, if you are going out of town this holiday season, do not make updates on social media about your absence. There’s a good possibility that someone on your friend’s list knows where you live and break into your home while you are away.
Finally, observe good sense. Close the curtains, and don’t put beautifully-wrapped presents around the tree until early Christmas morning when the household is starting to get up. If you think extra eggnog means you’ll forget, put post-it around the house to remind you to lock windows and doors at night.