Holiday Season Claimant Activity

A man on a ladder hanging Christmas lights.

We have officially begun the holiday season;  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are all right around the corner. This time of year brings Football, Festivals, and of course “Black Friday”; just some of the activities and events many are engaged in. This is a great time of year to gather critical information on your claimant’s activities outside of the home.

hanging-lightsVideo evidence is critical to mitigating a claim and exposing possible fraud. If you have a claimant with young children, there’s a good chance they will be active on Halloween night walking around the neighborhood with their children, carrying items or at the front door handing out candy.

Claimants traveling to or hosting family and friends for Thanksgiving and Christmas, shopping for groceries and gifts, and of course claimant’s putting up/taking down decorations. “Black Friday” is the busiest shopping day of the year; which means standing in long lines for hours waiting for stores to open. All of these present excellent opportunities for video surveillance.

Our Investigations Division is well equipped to schedule Surveillance Investigations on or around these holidays.

Did you know?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

  • Approximately 1,300 people are treated each year in emergency departments for injuries related to holiday lights.
  • Another 6,200 are treated for injuries related to holiday decorations and Christmas trees.
  • More than $170 million in property losses was attributed to candles. About one-sixth of fires started by candles occur in December.
  • According to AAA, in 2012 at least 1 in 4 Americans (more than 93 million) traveled away from home during the holiday season.