Halloween is right around the corner. For some, this holiday signifies a day greater than Christmas. The elaborate face painting and collaborative costumes make it a fun way to commemorate this spooky holiday. What isn’t so fun is having to make an insurance claim or clean up the damage from some Halloween vandalism or pranks gone awry. Here are some harrowing Halloween stats:
- On average, crimes related to theft away from home jump by 21% on Halloween
- Insurance claims for theft inside the home are approximately 60% higher due to Halloween shenanigans
- Claims related to vandalism raise by 19% because of Halloween mischief
- On Halloween night, car theft increases by about 5%
- Halloween had the highest average number of insurance claims for any day of the year.
Insurance companies see an uptick in claims the day after Halloween. As is evidenced by the numbers, there is a spike in crimes related to vandalism, property crime, and mischief. While these are vague categories, one trend emerges: Your property is typically the target.
To avoid becoming part of these statistics, you can take a few extra precautionary measures to get your home ready for trick-or-treaters, and to prepare for the less desirable tricksters. Here are some Halloween home safety tips for this coming Fright night.
- Choose your trick-or-treating venue or neighborhood wisely
- Take steps to protect your vehicle
- Lock all doors, in your home and your car
- Provide plenty of lighting for walkways
- Keep valuables out of plain sight
- Make your trick-or-treaters visible
- Avoid distractions while driving or walking on Halloween night
Vanquish Vehicle Vandals
The trick: 5% increase in car theft, two times more likely to fall victim to car vandalism
The treat: Preventing vandalism and costly insurance claims for vehicle damage
According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HDLI), your vehicle is almost twice as likely to get vandalized on Halloween night. And we aren’t talking about a simple egging or a smattering of toilet paper. The same study cites “The average cost per claim was $1,528…” Needless to say, most damage requires more than a light cleaning.
A report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) illustrates that vandalism is not the only damage you are likely to see on Halloween. There is also a 5 percent increase in car theft on the last day of October.
To help avoid a massive mess or a missing car on the first brisk day of November, try out our Halloween tips:
- Park in well-lit areas
- Choose trick-or-treating neighborhoods wisely
- Don’t leave valuables in plain sight
- Lock the doors, roll up windows, and set your alarm
- Park in the garage
- Hand out candy in the driveway or with your car in direct sight
- Park in a populated area
Preventing Property Pranks
The trick: Theft inside the home goes up by 60%
The treat: Keeping your loved ones and valuables protected from pranksters
According to an article posted by USA Today, there is a significant increase in burglaries and theft from homes on Halloween. The articles states that “Insurance claims due to theft inside the home go up by a whopping 60%.” Normally, a largely populated area is your friend when it comes to burglary prevention. But with such a large influx of children carting pumpkin buckets, it can be easy to drop your guard.
Whether your neighborhood is booming with costumed characters or relatively quiet, there are a few precautions you can take to help protect your home. Try out these Halloween safety tips:
- Provide plenty of lighting: Carefully placed lighting makes it easier to see those who approach your home. Well-lit walkways are also important for ensuring little ones get to and from your home safely.
- Place Halloween decorations carefully: Avoid excess extension cords or obstacles that could make it difficult to walk to and from your home.
- Keep unsupervised points of entry locked up tight: Many homeowners believe that they won’t fall victim to theft or burglary because they are sitting on their front porch. Don’t neglect other openings an opportunistic thief might take advantage of.
- Leave valuables out of plain sight: Don’t leave easy targets in plain view of any visitors or mischievous opportunists.
- Make your house seem occupied, even if it’s not: If you plan to take your little ones out scouring for candy, leave your lights on inside (and maybe a TV) to make it seem like someone is home. Also, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of neighbors who will be home to keep an eye on your property.
- Hand out candy from your driveway or garage: Setting up camp in a well-lit garage reduces the amount of obstacles a trick-or-treater needs to overcome to reach candy. As an added bonus, welcoming visitors from the garage gives you a wide view of all who come searching for goodies.
Caring For Your Costumed Kiddos
The trick: Malicious mischief (and other types of vandalism) jump 19% on Halloween
The treat: Ensuring your kids have a spooky, but safe, Halloween experience
If you are leading the charge of carting the kiddos around for candy, you’ll want to prepare for personal safety. These Halloween tips can help you hone your protective parent skills:
- As with cars and homes—light em up!: Find creative ways to integrate lighting, glow bracelets or reflective jewelry into your child’s costume.
- Design costumes with care: Make sure your child has comfortable footwear and free movement to avoid falls. This also includes face paint instead of masks to promote visibility.
- Pay attention to your surroundings: Avoid distractions when driving and keep your eye out for any suspicious people or situations.
- Travel in packs: Traveling in groups makes you more visible and less likely to be targeted by pranksters.
- Avoid walking on roads: Stick to sidewalks and paths when making your way from house to house.
- Don’t go inside anyone’s home to retrieve your goodies: Stick to the front stoop, rather than stepping inside someone’s home.
- Trust your instincts: Yes, Halloween is supposed to have an air of spookiness, but don’t go to any homes that give you the creeps. Stick to trusted, well-lit houses.
Staying safe means you can gather more goodies. Practice our smart Halloween tips to help protect those things that matter the most.
From all of us at Boyd & Associates, have a safe and happy Halloween!
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