Christmas and New Year's is one of the best times of the annual calendar, isn’t it? Snuggly dark nights in, tipsy work parties, and family holidays. Whilst for the average person Christmas and New Years are a time for relaxation, celebration, and community—for criminals they mean a whole new type of opportunity to commit crime.
Unfortunately, longer and darker winter nights, empty homes, and drunken nights out are the perfect ingredients to create new opportunities for criminals.
Rural areas are also particularly at risk due to their lower foot fall, and increased darkness. Rural areas are often poorly lit, and in some areas, people are seldom seen, making it easy pickings for criminals who want to go unnoticed in the thick of the night.
With the ‘cost of living’ crisis in full swing combined with the world attempting to recuperate after a global pandemic, it is extremely important to pay extra attention to your safety this winter.