The end of the year is fast approaching, meaning that the most popular season is around the corner. Usually, this means there is more charity and kindness going around.
On the other hand, it is also when the rates of certain crimes go up. These are just a few of the illegal activities that happen during fall and winter holidays.
During this time of year, retail fraud (including ecommerce) and identity theft are common. According to Forter’s 2019 Fraud Attack Index, fraud rings grew by 26% in 2018, reports Forbes. Online scams are also popular, says the Better Business Bureau, such as look-alike websites, fake shipping notifications and pretend charities.
The holiday season invites multiple forms of property theft, from burglary to shoplifting. Thieves stealing packages off porches has become an increasing problem nationwide, as well. Home and vehicle break-ins increase, as more people are out of town, darkness arrives sooner and lasts longer, and colder nighttime temperatures keep potential witnesses indoors.
Goodwill should abound during the holidays, but the stress of the season can take its toll. Family members may assault each other, and even strangers sometimes physically fight over the last hot item on a store shelf or their place in line. The increase in alcohol consumption does not help.
A traditional part of holiday celebrations is alcoholic beverages. While they are enjoyable, they unfortunately also lead to more drunk drivers on the road. Road rage, even without intoxication, is also an issue as people rush between events or relatives’ houses.
The severity of criminal charges
If you face charges for any of these crimes, do not take them lightly. Law enforcement is not in the business of spreading cheer to suspected criminals. You need a strong legal defense to reduce or eliminate charges and mitigate the consequences a criminal record can have on your life.