2020 has been an interesting year for several reasons—the continuing coronavirus issues being a major contributor. With Halloween around the corner, different municipalities and states will be recommending various safety measures to try and keep everyone as safe as possible… but you can be sure many people will be choosing to celebrate Halloween in one way or another this October 31st.
Halloween is a favorite holiday among many—children get to dress up and collect candy, and teens and adults alike enjoy dressing up for costume parties and contests, hunkering down on the couch for scary movie marathons, or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
There’s plenty of harmless fun to be had for all, but Halloween also tends to bring out more mischief than most ordinary nights. This may be especially true for Halloween this year—with everything going on the in the country (and world), plus the fact that Halloween falls on a Saturday, we may experience more property damage and crime than usual.
Some problems arise from poorly-executed Halloween pranks that can cause injuries or damage property, while other issues stem from vandals and thieves taking advantage of the general atmosphere Halloween creates.
Halloween Crime Stats
Home Burglaries: Insurance claims for property and goods stolen from homes on Halloween night are up a massive 60% when compared to other non-holiday nights.
Home Vandalism: Insurance claims related to homes being damaged and vandalized over Halloween night jump about 20% according to aggregated data from major U.S. insurance companies.
Car Vandalism: Cars are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween night vs. any other non-holiday night of the year, and
Car Theft: Car thefts are up about 5% on the last day of October.
Protecting Your Property: Deterring Burglars & Vandals
If you’re going to be out and about—whether taking your children trick-or-treating, enjoying dinner out, or gathering with friends—be sure to take extra care to deter and prevent would-be criminals from damaging and/or stealing your property while you’re out enjoying the holiday festivities.
- Be sure the outside of your home is well-lit. While it is common to turn off your porchlight to signal that you’re not handing out candy, it can also signal to burglars and vandals that you might not be home—while this might confuse kids who are excited to get candy, it’s worth the extra protection to your home and valuables.
- Make it look like someone is home. Leave some lights on in the house and leave your TV on to help make burglars think twice before attempting to break in.
- Clean out any vehicles you’ll be leaving out in your driveway or parked on the street while you’re gone. Or, at least store valuables out of sight.
- Arm your home security system to sound if anyone breaks in to scare them off before they can steal anything of value or do more damage to your home, while also alerting you and/or the authorities.
General Halloween Safety Tips
Aside from property damage and theft to your home and/or vehicle(s), there’s also a higher chance of being a victim of other crimes on October 31st—including pick-pocketing, assault, had harassment. This is especially true in larger cities and crowded areas of towns where people gather to celebrate and roam the streets.
So no matter whether you’re planning on having a night in or going out and enjoying the holiday festivities, be sure to exercise a little more caution that usual when possible to help reduce the chances of becoming a victim this Halloween. Lock your doors, keep your perimeter well-lit, and stay vigilant—just because some people get carried away, it doesn’t mean you should be fearful—just be aware and smart.
If you don’t have a home security system, or your system is out of date and could use some improving in the East Texas area, give 3D Security, Inc. a call today to discuss your situation. We’d love to hear from you and help you keep your family, home, and property safe during the upcoming holidays!