It might be the season of giving and goodwill to all men, but that doesn’t mean that everyone automatically becomes a better person. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that certain crimes and types of criminal activity become more common over the festive period. Why is this? Well, there are a few reasons. In some cases, it’s just that people are more at risk and in others opportunity seems to strike. So, let’s look at some of the worst and weirdest crimes that are far more likely when the weather is frightful.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this crime happens to increase over the Christmas period. After all, one of the reasons why everyone is so merry would be because eggnog is in high demand and in almost every house. Even Santa doesn’t miss out on the chance to drink, consuming well over seven billion glasses of whiskey, cherry, or milk in one night. In all seriousness, police believe drink driving offenses actually increase by around thirty-five percent through the Christmas period. There’s office parties, family celebrations and plenty of other occasions where people are getting plastered. Many don’t think ahead far enough to arrange a designated driver or to book a taxi. If you are caught drink driving, you’ll need a DUI defense attorney to argue your case. Otherwise, you might find yourself sleeping in a cell over Christmas.
Father Christmas isn’t the only one who’s at his busiest on Christmas Eve. Stats show that home robberies do indeed increase over the Christmas period. Home Alone doesn’t seem so funny now, does it? Usually, this is because people do go away at Christmas. That’s why there’s also a spike in robberies through the summer. The difference is that at Christmas people aren’t really paying that much attention to other people’s houses. Even if one does get broken into, it might not get noticed. It would be terrible to come back home after a Christmas holiday and find that your home had been burgled. However, it’s also a very real possibility. That’s why if you do go away for Christmas, someone needs to watch over the house. Or, you better have a rather fantastic home security system in place.
On The Road, On The Phone
Yes, back on the highways there’s more dangerous crimes on the increase. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for people to get caught talking on their phones at Christmas. Usually, they are telling the family when they’re going to arrive, warning people to warm up the oven or finding out what people want for Christmas. It happens all the time, and unfortunately, it does cause a lot of accidents. So, next time you think about using your phone just remember, no one wants to spend Christmas in the emergency room.
We hope you heed these warnings and make sure you don’t expose yourself to these types of crimes over the festive period. Have a wonderful Christmas and be careful how much you drink at that office party.