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Why do crime rates increase during the holidays?

By Armor Concepts November 11, 2023

When you think of the holiday season, what comes to mind? Family gatherings, reunions, delicious meals, and hunting for the best deals in stores? It’s usually that season known for warmth and laughter shared with our loved ones. Most relations embark on distant journeys to reunite and spend time together with their families. Who doesn’t love that time of the year? Yet, a darker side often goes unnoticed amidst the cheerful celebrations: holiday crime. While we celebrate the holiday, there is usually an unfortunate uptick in criminal activities.

According to crime statistics, thefts and other crimes increase by 30% during the holidays. In this blog, we will explain why crime rates usually surge during the holidays and what you can do to stay safe.

Your holiday vs burglar's holiday

Economic Strain and Desperation

The financial pressure that many families face during the holidays can lead to desperate measures. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), property crimes, including theft and burglary, increase by 22% during the festive season. Some individuals commit theft and fraud to meet their family’s financial needs.

Intoxication and Excessive Alcohol Intake

The holiday parties and celebrations often involve alcohol consumption. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports a significant uptick in alcohol-related incidents during the holiday period. Impaired judgement due to alcohol consumption can escalate conflicts, leading to an increase in domestic disputes and public disturbances.

Opportunistic Theft and Shoplifting

Holiday shopping frenzy creates bustling environments: the ripe target for opportunistic thieves. The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention states that incidents of shoplifting increase by 20% during the holidays. Crowded malls and shops provide cover for thieves to pickpocket or snatch bags.

Empty Homes

Empty home and street

Many families travel to be with loved ones during the holidays, leaving their homes unoccupied. Vacant homes are enticing targets for burglars, who take advantage of the absence to break in, resulting in a spike in home burglaries.

Social Pressures

During the holiday, people face societal pressure to give gifts and host elaborate parties. This causes financial strain and pushes people to commit crimes during the holiday. Such crimes include identity theft and credit card scams.

Reduced Security Measures

Festive cheer sometimes leads people to be less cautious about their surroundings. Homes and vehicles are not locked as people get caught up in the celebrations. This makes them easy targets for burglars and thieves.

Emotional Stress

Emotional stress

The holiday season isn't joyful for everyone. Emotional stress from personal issues and family conflicts can escalate into domestic disputes. Contributing to the rise in crime rates.

What you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones during the holidays:

  • Be aware of your surroundings in crowded places, secure your valuables and keep a close eye on your belongings to avoid pickpocketing.
  • Be vigilant about home security despite the festive mood. Lock doors and windows, use security systems, and avoid broadcasting travel plans on social media.
  • Maintain clear judgment and avoid getting involved in altercations by drinking in moderation.
  • Ensure outdoor areas are well-lit to deter criminal activity and discourage any unwanted visitors.
  • Prioritize mental health and seek support if feeling overwhelmed.
  • If traveling, secure your home by informing trusted neighbors. Use timers for lights, and ask someone to collect mail/packages. Create the appearance of an occupied home. Also, use strong door locks to stop break-ins. 
  • It is a season of giving and receiving. Share what you have to support those living within your communities. 


As we revel in the holiday spirit, it is important to remain vigilant and aware of the factors that drive crime during this festive period. Take proactive security measures to safeguard our homes, properties and communities.

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