Christmas is the season of goodwill to everyone. However, unless you intend to extend 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 and protect yourself against holiday crimes.
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.