Traditionally, the day after Halloween has been reserved for the Catholic observance of All Saints’ Day and, in Mexico, Día de los Muertos. But in the recent years, the day after Halloween has instead come to be known as the first (un)official day of Christmas decorations. Head to the mall the day after Halloween and you’ll be sure to already hear familiar songs about Santa Claus, angels, and snow playing over the speakers in all the department stores. And with the embellishments of Christmas decorations and ambiance comes the preparation for what the holidays are really about: presents.
The busiest shopping day of the year is approaching, Black Friday. Businesses are expecting their highest volume of sales during this time of the year. Last year 92 million Americans were reported to have participated in highest grossing shopping day of the year. Even Greater numbers are anticipated in 2014, thanks to the steadily improving economy. We should expect, then, that among this larger number of shoppers, that there will be criminals seeking to exploit and take advantage of retailers during their busiest time of the year.