The holidays are here, making it that time of year where celebrations, parties, and events are happening regularly. This means more drinking and unfortunately with that comes a higher rate of DUIs. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 300 Americans die each year in the handful of days surrounding the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Thankfully ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have easier to avoid drunk driving and DUIs, helping to lessen that statistics around holiday drunk driving.
With the holidays upon us, many folks are getting ready to travel to visit family or friends, and filling their calendars with festive parties and opportunities for holiday cheer. Unfortunately for many, the holidays also signal a time when crime rates go up. Just as shopping, decorations, and parties can be distracting, they can also be dangerous and prime breeding grounds for crimes. A simple unintentional mistake, can not only ruin your holiday spirit, but can also result in criminal charges. Here are some common crimes to pay attention to and avoid this holiday season.