How to Protect Against Halloween Pranks
It’s not uncommon for teenagers (and some adults) to believe that Halloween gives them free reign to terrorize neighborhoods with rolls of toilet paper or boxes of plastic forks stuck menacingly upwards in grassy front yards. There are a few things you can do to prevent your home from becoming the next victim, most of which have to do with lighting.
- Stay home: A lot of people go out on Halloween, preferring to avoid hordes of candy-hungry trick-or-treaters. However, you are much less likely to become the victim of a prank if you are home and everyone knows it. Turn on lights throughout your home, and make sure your porch light is bright as can be. This will discourage pranksters, and also prevent well-meaning children from tripping on your property.
- Give the good stuff: Unless you’re a dentist on a mission, you may want to avoid handing out things kids don’t like. In exchange for good candy, they may refrain from hurling eggs at your windows.
- Install a motion sensor: Once the doorbell stops ringing and you want to call it a night, there may be a few remaining ornery older kids out and about. A motion sensor should help deter potential pranksters from assaulting your property.
- Park your car in the garage: Remove the urge pranksters may have to dish soap your windshield and vaseline your door handles.
Whatever you do, don’t shoot. Pulling out a firearm on a prankster is a surefire way to land yourself in prison. If you see suspicious behavior, call the police before taking the law into your own hands. Sure, there may be burglars out and about, so always stay vigilant, but don’t be a vigilante.