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Don’t get tricked: Follow these Halloween safety tips

How to prevent car vandalism during Halloween.

Car windshield shattered by pumpkin

How can I protect my car this Halloween?

According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, approximately 81% more car vandalism claims occur on October 31 than average. Below are some Halloween safety tips that could help prevent slashed tires, smashed windows and deliberate car damage on Halloween or even every other day of the year.

Make sure your surroundings are safe

Where you park your car can affect its likelihood of being vandalized. At home, park in the garage. If you don't have a garage, install motion lights that will help deter vandals and alert you and neighbors to activity near your vehicle or driveway.

When you’re away from home, park in a well-lit, populated area — preferably a gated lot or secure parking garage. For added protection, park in a spot away from objects that could damage your car when you open the door or help conceal vandals, such as large vehicles, dumpsters or shrubbery. If you are visiting a friend, ask their advice for a safe place to park.

Are there measures to take before Halloween?

Try to eliminate temptations

Remove valuables and any evidence of them from your vehicle. For example, clean GPS suction rings off your windshield, remove stereo faceplates and store cell phone chargers in the center console.

Bumper stickers also can tempt vandals. If someone doesn't agree with your expressed views, you may become the target of vandals.

Take extra security measures

Add an alarm system and/or surveillance cameras to your car to make it a less desirable target. If it's clear your vehicle has these, vandals may keep walking. Sometimes, simply having a security system decal on a window is enough to discourage them.

Wax your vehicle

Waxing your vehicle shortly before Halloween provides an extra layer of protection. Your vehicle will be protected from many types of elements — those encountered in daily life — and those caused by vandals.

What if pranks or damage occur?

If your car is accessible to others during the week of Halloween try to check it early each morning. The earlier damage or a prank is detected the better. Some damage can be removed or minimized by washing the damage from your vehicle quickly. Be cautious about scratching the finish by rubbing the area. If damage is permanent, consider filing a claim.

For more information, read safety tips for Halloween trick or treating or pumpkin carving.

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The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.


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