This holiday season is upon us, and certainly impacted across economic, social and cultural expression by the pandemic. While the pandemic brings its own set of security measures – mask wearing, social distancing, etc – the security industry is still on duty as millions of travelers, shoppers and going-outers are doing what they always do during the celebrations of the winter end-of-year.
Tens of millions of us still went to stores for special food makings and gifts. Travel was near 2019 levels. The holiday season in 2020 is expected to be a time of attempted crime just like every year prior to the pandemic.
According to the FBI Crime Clock, there is:
- Property crime occurrence every 4.6 seconds
- One larceny-theft every 6.2 seconds
- One motor vehicle theft every 43.8 seconds
- One robbery every 2.0 minutes
Our security teams recommend some preventive precautions that shoppers can take during this Holiday season. Park in well-lit areas. Also park near security cameras, and look for security cameras on your walk to the stores you’re going to. Shop at malls or stores where you know there is a serious security force. Don’t use restrooms that are far away from the main shopping areas. Be kind and accommodating to other shoppers and the store personnel. Don’t load up with too many gifts, making it hard to carry them. Be watchful on your way back to the car.