Your chances of encountering a smash-and-grab are rare, but if…

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The odds of being caught up in a smash-and-grab robbery during the holiday season are small — though if you were to watch television news in the summer you might think otherwise. The brazen robberies, which seemed to peak between July and September, are still on the minds of shoppers, retailers, and police with the arrival of the holiday shopping season, when stores are packed with shoppers and merchandise. Smash-and-grabs are high profile robberies where groups of thieves, often brandishing hammers, crowbars, and other tools, strike higher-end retail stores and make off with merchandise. Sometimes these are organized crews, sometimes they…


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