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One in every eleven people is a thief. The economy is bad and if it isn't obvious by the decrease in annual Christmas parties this year then it is made more glaring by the items that people are stealing this year. Grade A Meat is on the rise - up approximately 21% this year. Alcohol is second on the list of items most ripped off during the holidays.
There may be no honor among thieves but apparently they have the same taste in designer brands. According to ABC, Polo Ralph Lauren Clothing is the hottest item stolen as well as Chanel No 5 perfume, Gillette Razors and Nike Shoes. Let's Rock Elmo needs a new warning on it's label - apparently it might burn the baby because it is one HOT item this year.
The trend at college campuses is just what you would expect. Cell phones, jewelry, bikes, books, cash, credit/debit cards, laptops and ipods. Documents and materials from computers has risen over the last 5 years.
Bait Car reports stereo equipment, CD's, laptops, coins, GPS systems and vehicle registration papers as the most commonly stolen items from vehicles.
Hotwheels in America? 1995 Honda Civic is the preferred brand among stolen cars. Cadillac Escalades, Honda Accord and Camry also top the list. Canadian criminals like the 2009 Toyata Venza - a nice four door family vehicle.
The price of cheese is criminal. 4% of the world's cheese is stolen each year. Apparently it is lifted in large quantities and sold in the marketplace.
Hotels take a $100 million dollar hit due to theft each year. The most common things people take are the towels. Figure me a riddle and tell me why sheets and bedding are on that list? Who likes hotel sheets so much they want to take them home and put them on their bed? Bed bugs were a huge problem in hotels last year. Take one sheet and you might be taking 100 friends home with you.
Shoplifting and thinking ahead.....
Shoplifting is illegal and the penalties and consequences are contingent upon variables such as the state where the crime occurred, the dollar value of the item, if the person quietly pocketed the item or used a weapon in the course of the crime.
Most people do not think they will get caught or the risk is worth the reward. However, if you steal a Let's Rock Elmo and get busted - you are going to have to keep a straight face for the mug shot. The person in the cell with you could be a murderer and you are going to have to explain how you got caught swiping a stuffed Sesame Street Character. Take my advice - say you stole a 1995 Civic.
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Tips to prevent theft:
- keep purses, book bags or carriers in sight and closed at all times
- keep car doors locked and windows up and do not leave valuables in car ( approximately 20% of vehicles are stolen because the keys are left in the car)
- have a home security system installed
- park in an area that is near lights if possible
- do not use a hide a key - thieves look for those - the gig is up!
- keep a record of serial numbers of all electronics
- video tape everything in your home with serial numbers included
- keep your receipts
- have a neighbor watch your home if you are gone
- most residential theft takes place in the daytime hours (use security decals, alarm warnings, bars on the doors, dogs or a good neighbor to discourage this)
- again - do not use a hide a key or leave a key under the doormat - robbers know about them and they look for those....don't advertise your vulnerability
- when on vacation - stop your mail and newspaper delivery
- use a timed light device - these are often very affordable and a great deterrent
- If you notice any unusual vehicles sitting near your home try to jot a license plate number down - if there is no license plate on the vehicle and someone is sitting and watching the neighborhood - report it to the police immediately
- never post a message on Facebook or social networking site announcing you are going on vacation
If you have been ripped off you can search the free data bases below for your merchandise. It is touted as the most comprehensive files with equipment indexed by serial number. I have also attached a link where you can legally purchase stolen goods that have been recovered or seized. If you have stolen property you may want to make sure it is not in the inventory of that site.
Feel free to leave any of your own tips in the comments below!
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