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The holiday season is usually filled with fond memories and joyous time with family. However, with the season, there is typically an increase in burglaries, with many homeowners being away from their residence and the opportunity to steal precious items on the rise.
Burglary is when someone illegally enters a premise in order to commit a crime, typically theft. This is also known as breaking and entering and it can be a serious offense depending on the severity of the crime committed once inside the property.
Breaking and entering or burglary, can happen at any time of the day. Many states traditionally defined burglary as an illegal entry into a dwelling that happened at night. As times have changed the definition of burglary has changed with most states amending their law of burglary. Through these amendments, a burglary can be defined as breaking into any type of property; building, car or a home at any given time of the day.
It is crucial that you take steps to protect yourself from a burglary especially during the holidays. A burglar may scope out your home before breaking and entering. They may hide behind tall trees, peek through windows, go through trash or see a build up of mail in your mailbox. All of these signs can aide in a burglar being able to break in your home and steal your valuable items.
During the holidays, people tend to leave their curtains open to show off their holiday decorations, trash builds up with boxes from new toys, electronics and gadgets and if out of town, mail begins to pile up in the mailbox. These are huge signs that a burglar will look out for and can make your home a target for theft.
Some ways to help prevent burglary are investing in a security system, close your blinds, motion sensor lights, having a neighbor or friend pick up your mail and of course locking your doors and windows at all times.
Being burglarized in any capacity can be extremely devastating and overwhelming. Depending on the extent of the case and what you are a victim of there are legal options in place for you or your loved one should either of you be a victim. Reach out to a skilled attorney in your area to determine what your legal options are. This is not something you have to go through alone, a criminal lawyer, like from The Lynch Law Group, maybe able to help you.