Did you know that per police department statistics all over the United States, crime rates for theft and robbery increase dramatically during the holiday season? The time of year that is supposed to make people tankful, grateful, and feel more charitable, causes certain types of people to prey on those with gifts loaded into cars and piled under the tree. Burglary, theft, fraud, harassment, stalking, alcohol induced violence, and many other issues and crimes kill the holiday spirit and can happen anywhere. Be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. Always make sure you lock your doors – at home, your business, and your car. Don’t leave any shopping bags or personal belongings within clear view. Keep some lights on when you are gone and avoid keeping curtains open so strangers can’t look inside.
The holidays should be a fun and happy time for you and your loved ones. Unfortunately, reality has a mean way of reminding us that not everyone has the same respect for each other and that there are bad people among the good ones. It is easy to get lost in all the shopping chaos and magic of the season – but just keep your eyes open a little wider and takes the couple extra steps to keep yourself and your loved ones protected. Oh – and the presents. You want to protect those too!