Chamblee, GA, December 5, 2016 – The Post Reports – The Chamblee Police Department provides the following information on why thieves love the Holiday season and what you can do to prevent becoming a victim.
Why Thieves Love the Holiday Season
All the hustle and bustle going on over the holidays gives thieves what they want, almost as much as an unlocked bank vault and that is the opportunity to become invisible. Thieves can move through big crowds of rushed and distracted people without anyone noticing them. They can pickpocket and shoplift and when their victims realize that they have been robbed, they will have no idea who did it.
Thieves Feed on Opportunities
Thieves know that the police are overloaded during the holiday season and they take full advantage it. They thrive on the fact that the police and stores’ loss prevention staff have their hands full with amateur thieves who are hauled to jail for trying to steal from the electronics departments or waiting for the parents of teenagers who pocketed the latest video game.
In the meantime, the professional thieves are busy breaking into cars in the parking lots to steal gifts, cell phones and electronics or stalking and robbing. Some thieves prefer burglarizing homes. They spend their time walking neighborhoods, looking for houses that appear that the homeowners are away. Darkened homes nestled between neighbors with front yards bursting with holiday lights will draw their attention.
Having the kids off from school is another concern because of the number of unsupervised teens hanging around without anything to do. Homes within neighborhoods are broken in more times by young teens that live in or near the neighborhood. They often choose a home and then hang out to see when the homeowners leave each day.
How to Keep From Becoming a Holiday Crime Victim
The following tips can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.
- Try to shop during the day, but if you do shop at night do not shop alone.
- Dress casually and comfortably.
- Do not carry a purse if possible, try to carry a small pouch that can hold your cash (small amount), driver’s license and credit cards.
- Recognize when you are rushed, distracted and stressed out and stay alert to what is going on around you.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
- Keep cash in your front pocket.
- If you discover that a credit card is missing, notify the credit card company as soon as possible. Don’t assume that you misplaced it and will find it later.
- Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.
At this time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you, including working in teams, with the intention of taking your money or belongings.