The Holiday Season Means More Crime

The holiday season is in full swing and unfortunately, with all of the joy and festivities comes an increase in crime across the country.  Some of the more common crimes that see an uptick during the holidays are:

Drunk Driving  

With holiday punch flowing at the office Christmas party, a toast of wine at Thanksgiving dinner, and ringing in the New Year with champagne, it’s no wonder that the number of DUI arrests increases during the holiday season.

Shoplifting

During the holidays, stores are filled with crowds of shoppers in search of the perfect gifts for their loved ones which makes it easier for people with sticky fingers to strike. 

Larceny

Crowded stores also make it easier for shippers to have their wallets or purses stolen.  Thieves also look for vehicles filled with gifts to target or after Christmas when people put their garbage out for pick up, thieves love to see which houses just got new TVs.  

Domestic Abuse

Unfortunately, during the holidays there is an increase in domestic abuse and violence between spouses and other family members.

Vandalism

During the holiday season, there is an increase in vandalism across the country.  Whether it’s stealing the baby Jesus from a church’s nativity scene or popping inflatable Santa’s on someone’s lawn, vandals are out in full force.

How to Keep Away From Criminal Activity During the Holidays

No one wants to have their money stolen during the holidays.  Nor do they want to find themselves in a situation that may cause them to be arrested.  Here are a few ways to keep yourself from becoming a victim or getting into trouble during the holiday season. 

  1. Always be alert.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Wear a purse with a strap that goes across your body and keep it closed with its zipper or clasp.  Never put it in your shopping cart. If you carry a wallet, keep it in your front pocket rather than the back.  
  2. If you have to keep gifts in your car, put them in the trunk, out of sight.  If you have don’t have a trunk, cover them with a dark-colored blanket or a jacket.  Always park in well-lit areas. 
  3. Avoid overindulging on alcohol.  If you’re going to drink, make arrangements for a designated driver or Lyft before you go out so you’re not trying to figure out how you’re going to get home after you’ve already had a few drinks.  Also, avoid alcohol when you’re at a gathering that could become contentious.
  4. If you get large items like TVs or computers for Christmas, break down the boxes and put them in bags so passers-by don’t know you’ve got a house of brand new electronic devices.  

If you or a loved one do get into trouble during the holidays, call 1st Knight.  For a non-refundable fee of 10% of the bail amount, 1st Knight can get you out of jail quickly so you can be back home with your loved ones.  Our expert bond agents are available 24/7 to take your call and get started. No one wants to spend the holidays in jail.  If you need a bond agent, call 1st Knight Bail Bonds today at (727) 538-7727. We always answer!