“We see a strong correlation between a weak economy and rise in theft,” said Nyffeler. “People become desperate and commit crimes because they don’t know how else to provide for themselves.”
(PRWEB) October 25, 2011
With the economy still in turmoil and unemployment rates remaining high at 9.1 percent, according to the September report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s reasonable to assume that holiday shoppers may continue to reign in their spending habits.
However, security experts from Signal 88 Security suggest that people guard their wallets in more ways than one, as the economic downturn can be tied to increased theft during the months of November and December. Because of this trend, tips on how to shop safely during the holiday season are important for security experts to share with consumers.
Representatives from Signal 88 Security, an Omaha, Neb.-based private security company with more than 70 franchise offices throughout the country, see an uptick in burglaries during the holidays and say economic desperation is a leading cause of the rise.
“We see a strong correlation between a weak economy and rise in theft,” said Reed Nyffeler, chief executive officer of Signal 88 Security. “People become desperate and commit crimes because they don’t know how else to provide for themselves.”
The types of crimes that increase during the holiday season are often preventable, if you take extra holiday theft precautions. According to Nyffeler, the following holiday safety tips can reduce the likelihood of being targeted by a thief:
- Remove holiday gifts from your car after a shopping trip; otherwise you could be an easy target for a holiday thief. If you must keep gifts in your car, secure them in the trunk or cover them with a blanket. And always lock your car doors.
- If you have a walk-out basement with accessible windows or a sliding glass door, consider adding extra DIY home security measures to keep your family and holiday gifts safe. Keep the shades drawn – especially at night – and consider using PVC pipe or a piece of wood to ensure sliding glass doors can’t be opened.
- When you’re shopping, keep a tight hold on your purse or wallet. Also, try to avoid carrying cash. Visible bills can entice a holiday thief to snatch your purse or pick your pocket.
- If you do your holiday shopping at night, be sure to park your car in a well-lit section of the parking lot. If you feel at all uncomfortable walking to your vehicle alone, enlist the help of the business’ security personnel.
While taking extra holiday safety precautions may seem like an unnecessary burden, ensuring the security of your family, home and possessions is worth the effort.
“Our job is to educate people and businesses on how they can avoid becoming victims of crime,” Nyffeler said. “Since the holidays are a known opportunity for crime, you can’t ever be too careful when it comes to personal safety.”
ABOUT SIGNAL 88 SECURITY: Founded in 2003 by former law enforcement professionals, Signal 88 Security provides a wide variety of technologically enabled and advanced security services to public and private sector clients through more than 70 franchise offices nationwide. The company offers site and risk assessments, video monitoring and patrolling, and enhanced patrol services. Signal 88 Security specializes in business and commercial security as well as security for apartment complexes, home owner associations, shopping centers, events and more. Additional information can be found at http://www.signal88.com.
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