The Holidays are a time of cheer and celebration for many people, but savvy criminals also recognize that this is a great time to target individuals who may be preoccupied with their Holiday business. As a result, some crimes occur frequently during the Holiday season. Here are three commonly-occurring Holiday crimes.
Remember the incompetent and bumbling burglars from the movie Home Alone? By day, they scoped out the McAllister’s neighborhood using an old plumbing van to try to see which residents were home and which were gone on vacation without arousing suspicion. This is not an unheard of practice for potential burglars, who will often scout out neighborhoods for empty houses.
However, criminals don’t even really have to do this in today’s Internet age; many criminals will find out who is gone on a holiday just by doing a quick scan of social media. If you plan on going away for a vacation during the Holidays, be careful what you post online about it; a would-be burglar may be keeping watch for homes they know will be clear of residents in order to burglarize them.
The big Christmas shopping season has changed considerably in the Internet age as well, with a large number of holiday gifts now being purchased from online retailers. Skilled hackers will attempt to infiltrate your computer system with dangerous viruses or malware that can record and steal sensitive personally-identifiable information. Before making any online purchases, be sure to scan your system with an updated antivirus program to ensure it is clean and clear of all potentially dangerous bugs.
Holiday parties often mean freely-flowing alcohol, which unfortunately results in an increase in intoxicated drivers behind the wheel during this season. Law enforcement steps up their efforts to curb this dangerous trend, which means you will likely see an increase in DUI checkpoints, nightly patrols, and other preventative measures over the next several weeks.
If you are planning on partaking in alcohol at a holiday party with friends, family, or co-workers, secure transportation ahead of time. The price of an Uber or Lyft fare pales in comparison to that of a DUI, not to mention the peace of mind knowing that you will reach home with minimal risk to yourself and those on the road around you.
If you are arrested and face charges for these or any other crimes during this holiday season, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Weston criminal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Kevin Moot, we have represented hundreds of clients against nearly all types of criminal cases, including theft and DUI charges. Attorney Moot previously served as a prosecutor in Palm Beach County, where he gained valuable insight into the criminal justice process, allowing him to better prepare to defend you against your charges.To retain reputable legal counsel for your charges this Holiday season, call the Law Offices of Kevin Moot today at (954) 371-0770.