Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas tree theft on the rise

Sign of the times? says police nationwide are seeing an increase in the number of Christmas trees being stolen from commercial lots:

In recent weeks, police across the country have seen an uptick in the theft of trees from commercial lots. In Baytown, Tex., cops caught a man earlier this month trying to take several holiday trees off a lot. In Portland, Ore., police nabbed a man last week dragging a stolen tree down the street around 3 a.m. Officials in Hillsborough County, Fla., are investigating a Christmas tree crime spree, with more than 20 stolen from one lot owner alone.

In that instance, 14 Fraser firs were swiped in the middle of the night on December 2; another eight were stolen about a week later.

The story also reports:

Sales of fresh Christmas trees have been on an upswing since 2002, with approximately 31 million sold last year for a retail value of $1.3 billion, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. But with little evidence of any black market for Christmas trees, and a six-foot fir costing as much as $200, officials suspect this year's thieves are likely stealing trees for their own living rooms.

Meanwhile, the National Christmas Tree Association has launched a campaign aimed at debunking Christmas tree myths. Check out these 10 myths and urban legends.

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Dr. Deb said...

Yikes, is nothing sacred anymore?
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday and New Year. So glad to have you as a resource and blogpal.

Ian Lidster said...

Stealing Christmas trees? What a bizarre world we live in sometimes.

Deb S. said...

Dr. Deb and Ian: Happy holidays to both of you. May 2009 be your best year yet!