27 Oct Costumes, Candy And Crime: Remember To Stay Safe This Halloween
Halloween might be the biggest holiday in October, but the month is also a special one for the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). That’s because it marks the NCPC’s Crime Prevention Month, which aims to educate local communities on the organization’s work, how to recognize crimes as they happen, and how to prevent future offenses.
But is it a coincidence that Crime Prevention Month ends on Halloween? The holiday’s always conjured up spooky, ghoulish behavior, and of course some people take that a bit too far. There’s a history of Halloween crime across the nation, and you’ll want to ensure you stay safe for the holiday.
Is There More Crime On Halloween?
Evidence shows that crime rates across the U.S. tend to spike on Halloween, though increases will really depend on where you live. For example, back in 2011 Northeastern University professor James Alan Fox noted a significant spike in crime in Boston on Halloween, Independence Day and New Year’s Day from 2006 to 2009. Fox’s research noted a specific tick in violent crimes, including homicide, robbery and aggravated assault. And while Fox’s research only dealt with Boston, one could guess the trend is similar for cities across the country.
Violent crime could see a jump on Halloween, and you’re also likely to find drunk drivers on the road. Alcohol Monitoring Systems, a company that monitors drinking and driving statistics of repeat offenders, predicts a 19 percent jump in drinking violations this Halloween.
How To Stay Safe On Halloween
We could see increased crime across Southern California on October 31. Thankfully, there are some easy precautions you can take to beat Halloween crime.
- Don’t post your plans to social media: You might want to share your holiday plans with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but that info could be used against you. Remember, criminals can troll social media to gain info on their victims.
- If you’re going out, leave the lights on in your house: Holidays are primetime for burglaries, and if you plan to go out to celebrate Halloween consider leaving some lights on in your home. If criminals think you’re home, they might not try to break in.
- Make your car appear empty: Burglars don’t just hit houses. Make to hide any valuables you have in your car, and of course be sure to lock the doors. And be sure to avoid street parking by keeping your car safe in a garage if possible.
- Use common sense when constructing your costume: Halloween costumes run the gamut from terrifying to hilarious, but no matter what, you should put some thought into your costume. Oftentimes masks and replica weapons can bring more trouble than they’re worth. Make sure to think about how other people will react to your costume before heading out.
- Go out with a group: With so many people out and about, a smart move to stick with your friends and family on Halloween. After all, you’re less likely to run into trouble as part of a group than if you’re all alone. And if you have kids trick-or-treating, make sure they stick with a group too.
What To Do If You Get In Trouble On Halloween
Even if you take precautions, it can be tough to beat Halloween crime. If you do get in trouble, make sure you know your rights when dealing with the police. And if you or a loved one find yourselves in need of bail bonds services, contact Armstrong Bail Bonds. Our team of experienced, trustworthy professionals is available 24/7 to help you through the bail process.
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