Beware of Robberies During the Holidays
Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in Criminal Defense
For many, the holiday season is a time of happiness and good cheer. There is an increase in family time, festive events and general merriment. Often, this season ushers in an increase in gift buying and receiving. Although not a necessary part of the most wonderful time of the year, many enjoy being able to spread joy through the act of purchasing gifts for their loved ones.
Unfortunately, robbers also know that this is the time of the year when cars and homes may have more items worth stealing. Or, robbers may be looking for cash so that they may purchase items for the people in their lives. As a result, we may see an increase in theft this holiday season.
As reports of robberies climb, it’s important to remember that you do not necessarily have to fall victim to theft. On the contrary, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your belongings are safe and out of harm’s way.
Lock Your Windows and Doors
Although this may seem like an obvious suggestion, it is one worth repeating. One of the simplest steps you can take to avoid robbery is to put at least one layer of security on your home and car. Whether you are popping into a store for a second or parking your car in your driveway at night, it is always a good idea to lock up. This won’t deter every robber, but it will probably deter most. So, it’s important not to underestimate how helpful this can be.
Do Not Leave Expensive Items in Plain Sight
Think you’ll just leave your laptop on your car seat when you go in for a coffee? Or maybe you’ve taken to leaving your curtains open at night when you turn on the new flat screen TV in your living room? Although you may lock your doors, you don’t want to entice potential thieves by leaving expensive items in plain sight. Taking just a few moments to hide items of value will decrease your chances of drawing attention to yourself.
Leave a Light on at Night
When you go out to your holiday parties for the evening, it can be helpful to leave a light on in the house. This will give the impression that someone is home. And most robbers will not take the risk of breaking in if they fear they will be caught.
Don’t Keep All of Your Credit Cards in One Place
While walking at night, you may also run the risk of being pickpocketed. To prevent major losses, we recommend keeping credit cards in different areas of your purse or not carrying all of your credit cards at once. This way, if a thief reaches in and manages to steal your wallet, you’ll have fewer cards to cancel and hopefully fewer hassles.
Let Us Help You
As a New Orleans criminal defense law firm, we understand the risks you face this holiday season and as noted above, we want to help you stay safe. That said, if you have questions about a potential case, do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll set up an initial consultation, listen to your story, and help you get your life back on track.