As I have mentioned before, Anchor Security receives crime updates daily and uses them to examine high target areas and trends. While our audience is national, our focus is more on the Charleston area. In our experience however, what seems to be happening in one major metropolitan area, tends to be indicative of what is happening elsewhere.
Property crimes such as thefts and burglaries seem to be on the rise. Places like Daniel Island and Isle of Palms that don’t normally see that many property crimes are seeing a percentage increase in the double digits. This is relatively common the closer we get to the holidays. People that are down on their luck or otherwise looking for a quick way to make money to pay for holiday spending will take advantage of those that don’t remain alert. Sort of a criminal version of doing your holiday shopping early. Open garage doors, purses left in shopping carts, unlocked car doors or valuable tools and other items left in plain view in truck beds and boats are easy targets.
Additionally, with all of the flooding that people have experienced in recent months, many have received lost items reimbursement from insurance companies and other sources. (Side bar: Possibly not as much as they should or could have because they did not have accurate asset documentation, a service Anchor Security provides.) When purchasing new items, particularly large big ticket items like televisions, computers, guns, etc., it is a good idea to break the boxes they come in down and take them to a recycling center or other drop off location. Leaving large boxes that display your recent purchase in front of your house for trash or recycling pick-up can act as billboard advertising for a would be criminal. Even a large or large quantity of otherwise unmarked Amazon.com boxes can be an unintended giveaway.
When it comes to construction repair, new air conditioning units that are delivered ahead of the installation crew are easy targets for thieves that just want to steal the copper out of them. The guy that has access to a truck and trailer to drop off your new sod or lumber, also has access to the same for illicit removal. This weekend I noticed how easy it would be to have access to all of the firewood that is stacked outside a local restaurant. Now that the temperatures are starting to drop, that too could be an easy target.
So have a plan, stay safe and enjoy your holidays but bear in mind that somebody somewhere will steal from you given the chance. Let Anchor Security help you prevent as much of that as possible thorough our security consulting, asset protection and documentation, and concealed weapons classes.