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To get ready for Halloween this year, perhaps put more emphasis on protecting yourself than getting the best mix of candy for trick or treaters. Property crimes increase by around 24 percent on Halloween, according to one study. Of this, 19% is vandalism and malicious mischief, 21% is off-premises theft, and 60% is theft from the home. What can you do to protect yourself from vandalism? Plenty, according to the insurance industry.
Before the sun sets, make sure to protect your real and personal property from those older trick or treaters that come out late at night, with very little interest in your Halloween candy. They are more interested in tricks than treats. Start with your car. Try to park it in the garage, but if that's a ridiculous suggestion, be sure to park it in a well-lit place and roll up the windows, lock the doors, and activate the security system.
Talk a walk around your property and make sure anything you'd miss the next morning is either nailed down or truly to heavy to be carted off. If possible, bring anything you'd hate to be vandalized inside. And when you are ready to turn in for the evening, be sure to blow out the jack o' lantern candle. Nothing ruins a good night's sleep like a house fire.
Yes, your kids are more important that your property. But now that you've battened the hatches, it's time to give your kids some instruction before sending them out into the wild, since they could be interested in a little mischief. Here are a few tips to review with your little monsters:
Now that you have everything under control, have a fantastic Halloween! If you encounter any vandals or mischief, contact your local police department and your insurance company. And if you, or children, are the vandals, contact a local criminal defense attorney. Though the incident could have all been done in fun, it is still a crime, and one to take seriously in the light of day.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.