While many people spend the holidays celebrating by exchanging gifts, attending
parties, or vacationing, criminals often jump at the opportunity to take
advantage of people who have let their guard down while enjoying a period
of cheer and good-tidings. As a result, certain crimes actually become
more common during the holidays; on this blog we examine three of them.
Retail establishments see a major increase in shoplifting and attempted
shoplifting during the holiday shopping period, starting with the annual
Black Friday sales. While shoplifting has always been a threat to store
owners, it has increased a lot in recent years due to the decline in the
economy and risings costs of living making it difficult for some people
to be able to afford gifts, regardless of the discounts.
Expect to see increased anti-shoplifting procedures taken at retail stores
everywhere, including extra security and possibly needing to take an extra
minute or so to have your shopping bags checked before leaving a store.
Not a fan of holiday shopping crowds? The online shopping sphere grows
more and more every year, allowing shoppers to get the things they need
delivered right to their door without leaving the house.
Identity thieves come out in droves during the holidays, attempting to
sneak their way into computer systems and embed viruses, spyware, and
other malicious pieces of software that can steal personal information.
Be sure you regularly sweep your computer with a virus and spyware scanner,
and always be sure the website you plan on purchasing anything from is
legitimate and trustworthy.
Many people look forward to holiday parties with friends, family, or co-workers,
many of which involve plenty of alcohol. Unfortunately this leads to a
rise in intoxicated drivers, so law enforcement also will usually step
up their patrols and countermeasures to catch these dangerous motorists.
If you plan on drinking at a holiday party, plan ahead. Either travel with
a designated driver, or get a ride from a taxi or ridesharing service.
The price of an Uber ride is miniscule compared to the expenses involved
with a DUI charge or a terrible accident.
Facing criminal charges this holiday season? Don’t hesitate to seek
quality representation from a Noblesville criminal defense attorney. At
The Criminal Defense Team, we take pride in providing each of our clients with reputable and trustworthy
legal counsel. Our lawyers have earned some of the highest accolades available
in the industry; our firm is the proud home of the only two Board Certified
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