Tis’ the season for break-ins


The holidays are upon us and it is just a wonderful time of year.  Many people will travel to see friends for the holidays and it is important to protect yourself against unwanted intruders.  A break in during the holidays can really damper your spirits.  So be careful and be vigilant at all times. 

So you are holiday shopping and jumping from store to store.  Well you want to make sure that your gifts aren’t visible to people walking by your car.  Keep gifts out of sight in the trunk as things in the backseat may entice unwanted guests.  It may seem like common sense, but when you are in rush with a car full of kids it may be easy to forget. 

House breaks are also very common this time of year.  Going away on vacation makes your house an easy target.  An alarm system is a good investment and usually reduces your homeowners insurance.  It is also smart to have a neighbor pick up your newspaper or mail.  If you don’t get along with your neighbors then go to the post office and they will gladly hold it there for you. 

You may want to have a friend house sit a couple nights during the week.  This will make it more difficult for burglars to case your house.  Another advantage is the friend could look out for other issues that may come up in your house such as flooding. 

It is important to stay vigilant to keep out unwanted intruders.  The truth is no matter what you do, it make not prevent a break in.  As a result, it may be smart to keep your really precious items at a bank or insure them.  Finally, if you are trying to get a dog and your significant other needs some convincing well you can use this blog post as an excuse. 

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A dollar makes all the difference


As the economy is getting worse, theft rates are going up.  That shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, but did you know that the cost of the item by a dollar can make a world of difference? 

 In a Massachusetts larceny case, the Commonwealth represented by the prosecutor needs to prove three things.  First, the defendant took and carried away property.  Second, the property was owned by someone else.  And finally, the defendant intended to take and keep the item. 

 Now, the cost of the item is very important when it comes to being the defendant.  If the item taken is worth$250 or more, then a person can be charged with larceny over $250.  If the item is worth $249 or under, then the person is usually charged with larceny under $250. 

 Larceny over $250 is a felony, while the charge of larceny under $250 is considered a misdemeanor.  The burden is on the prosecutor to prove that the item is worth $250 or more. 

 It seems very silly that there is such a difference in the law and potential penalties based on a single dollar.  When the statutes were drafted $250 was a lot of money.  Perhaps the legislature at the time felt as though anyone taking anything worth that much money should be considered a felon.  The reality today is that most people have items that are worth over $250 on their persons.  Most cell phones, Ipods and definitely computers are well over that threshold.  Sometimes one dollar does make all the difference. 

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