Next week is Halloween, which means fun and merriment for many. However, Halloween is also a prime night for bad decisions and unfortunate arrests. If you want to avoid becoming a statistic next Wednesday, you should be mindful of the most common crimes that occur on Halloween.
Top 5 Most Common Halloween Crimes
Driving while intoxicated is the ultimate Halloween sin. Even though Halloween is in the middle of the week this year, there are still plenty of parties on the weekends before and after the holidays. Save yourself from the ultimate terror of getting pulled over by using a designated driver or calling an Uber to help you home from parties.
It’s always important to obey the rules of the road, but even more so on Halloween. Kids will be out in droves to go trick or treating and there’s a chance that more than one will dash in front of your car. It’s essential that you stop fully at stop signs, obey speed limits, and pay attention to your surroundings.
This one may apply more to adventurous teens than to some adults. Halloween is that time of year when many kids use their neighbor’s yard as a shortcut to get to more candy. However, trespassing and lingering on private property may result in a misdemeanor that could have been avoided with a little more care.
A recipe of fear and fun can spell disaster on Halloween. Sexual assault, domestic disturbances, and assault and battery cases are all more frequent on Halloween. A prank may go too far, or two people may have had too much to drink. At any rate, it’s better to avoid fighting at all costs if you want to avoid jail time and fines.
This is another crime that’s more often committed by teens. There are millions of pranks that could easily get out of hand. Many teens don’t realize that egging someone’s car or throwing toilet paper at a house are acts of serious vandalism. If you’re the parent of a teenager, make sure they understand what is acceptable and unacceptable fun this Halloween.