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Stay Safe This Halloween!

Halloween is a favorite of retailers because consumers spend a great deal on parties and decorating.  It is supposed to be a fun time but sadly, it has its share of problems such as pedestrian deaths, car thefts and car vandalism.

Car Thefts
Halloween ranks third as the deadliest day for pedestrians.  December 23 and January 1 are the two days ahead of Halloween.  It does, however, come in first for car thieves.  The National Crime Information Center.  In 2011 (the last time the data was compiled) 2,328 vehicles were stolen.  It seems car thieves take advantage of cars being parked in unfamiliar places and people seem more distracted.  It is also easy for a thieves to disguise themselves on that day as so many are in costume. 

Vandalism
Cars are also twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween.  Tires are often slashed and windows broken.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that approximately 1,253 claims are filed due to vandalism on October 31 as compared to 692 on an average day. 

What can a driver do?  If at all possible, stay out of unfamiliar places.  If you must park in a strange place, keep an eye on your vehicle as much as possible and try to choose a well-lit area.

Drivers
Children are so excited on Halloween that sometimes they don’t practice “safety first.”  They don’t remember to cross only at crosswalks and with dark costumes and no flashlights, they are easy to overlook.  Drive slowly through neighborhoods and residential streets.  It is only a couple of hours that they are out…but it can be a dangerous time. 

No Tricks…Just Treats
Let’s keep this day an enjoyable and safe time for all!

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