The end of Halloween signals the beginning of the holiday season. Shopping centers, mixed-used properties and other types of retail businesses will be bustling with events, shoppers and unfortunately, criminals.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) released its list of Top 10 Holiday Crimes. They are:
- Identity Theft
- Drunk Driving
- Vehicle Theft
- Rape and Sexual Assault
- Home Burglary
- Domestic Violence
The Decatur, AL Police Chief affirmed the sentiment when discussing holiday crime. He said robberies and break-ins increase between November 1 and January 1, adding that shopping centers and residential neighborhoods are prime targets during this season.
Consumers and property managers alike can take precautionary measures to minimize their risk of becoming victims of crime. Shoppers shouldn’t buy more than they can carry or leave any visible items in their car. Purchased goods should be placed in the trunk. They should also be careful to avoid isolated areas of the retail property like parking lots and garages, as well as other less populated areas, always park near a light and have their keys in-hand and ready as they walk to their vehicle.
Property managers are also concerned with keeping their tenants, customers and property safe. During the holidays, your retail property will undoubtedly experience increased customer volumes. Make sure you have a well-trained team of associates in place to handle the extra load. Keep your property well-lit and free from debris. Noise is also an easy and accessible crime deterrent that can send thieves running from your property.
A proactive video surveillance system can help protect your commercial property from holiday crime and theft. This customized solution utilizes trained security specialists who watch strategically placed cameras in real time. If they see suspicious activity, they can activate a speaker warning and call on-site guards or local police.