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by on December 26, 2019
The holidays are upon us, and people are getting into the spirit as they shop, celebrate, and plan gatherings with friends and family. Unfortunately, crime doesn’t take a vacation – even during the holiday season. Sadly, what should be a joyous time of year could result in loss, injury, or even tragedy.
To keep your Christmas merry and bright, first, become aware of some of the most common holiday crimes. Then, follow our list of simple Christmas safety tips to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way!
Common Holiday Crimes
Porch Pirates
During the holidays, there is a significant uptick in online shopping and with that increase in package deliveries, a new criminal practice has emerged, called ‘porch pirating.’ A porch pirate is someone who steals packages directly from homeowners’ doorsteps. Protect your presents with a home security system or doorbell camera and make sure Santa comes right on time.
Home burglaries & car thefts
You’ve trimmed the tree and lovingly arranged the presents underneath. Unfortunately, criminals also know that hundreds and thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts can easily be found in many homes during this time of year. The same goes for your car. The thieves know that shoppers are likely to throw their purchases in the car during a long day or night of shopping. That will make your vehicle a prime target for theft.
Alcohol & drug-related crimes
From drunk driving to assault or even rape, these crimes may experience a rise during the holiday season. That’s because, with all of the holiday parties and celebrations that take place, people sometimes make risky decisions, they wouldn’t normally make if they were sober.
Parking garage crimes
Parking garages can be a hub for dangerous predators, burglars, etc. There are countless hiding places in a garage. Noot to mention the fact that you may be distracted as you fumble to find your keys.
Christmas Holiday Safety Tips . . . To Keep You Safer This Season
Fortunately, you can take charge and protect yourself from these common holiday crimes. From the car and home to parking garages and holiday celebrations, follow these quick and easy Christmas holiday safety tips:
Keep your car and home locked at all times
Even when you’re home – and even when you’re hopping out of your car momentarily – lock those doors! Take any measure you can to make it difficult for someone to gain entry into your home or vehicle.
Keep valuables out of the line of sight
This means you’ll want to place your shopping bags in the trunk of your car. At home, don’t leave gifts or bags where someone passing your home can easily see them through the window.
Eat before you drink
Rather than attempting to cut calories by skipping meals before a night out, eat a small snack or meal before the festivities begin. Having something in your stomach to help absorb the alcohol will slow its effects. An added benefit is that keeping yourself on the sober side increases your odds of making better decisions and sticking to your meal plan or diet!
Attend get-togethers with trusted friends
Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’re leaving a party alone – or worse, with someone you barely know. Instead, stick with friends and family you trust and agree to look out for one another. Traveling to and from your function is much safer in a group.
Hand over the keys
Instead of putting yourself in a situation where you’re tempted to get behind the wheel after celebrating, call an Uber or Lyft to get you to your destination. Even if you aren’t planning on overindulging, you may inadvertently get caught up in the holiday spirit – and find yourself impaired and unable to drive safely. While all of these tips are important, this particular Christmas safety tip can save your life – and the lives of everyone else on the road.
Park strategically
If possible, select a parking spot in a garage that is close to the street, exits, elevators, stairs, etc. This will allow you a quick entrance and exit, reducing the amount of time you’re actually spending in the garage. If there are ground-level parking spots available, even better, this will eliminate the need to step into an elevator or stairwell alone.
Also, do your best not to park in between vehicles. What if the person in the car next to you is just watching and waiting for you to get out of your car alone? And what if someone is hiding behind an SUV, ready to attack? Although it’s not fun to consider these worst-case scenarios, awareness of your surroundings can make all the difference in a parking garage.
Be alert
Whether you’re in a parking garage or on the street, make sure you’re not distracted by your cell phone or other devices as you get in and out of your car. It’s important to see and hear everything around you, so be sure to keep your eyes moving as you get in and out of your car. If you’re parked between other vehicles, look in, under, and behind those cars as you enter and exit.
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