Halloween is one of the coolest events a child may experience, but Halloween may pose an identity theft threat, which can turn that smile up-side-down. The problem lies with the costumes and disguises that people wear. Majority of individuals do so to go trick-or-treating. Adults like to go to late night costume parties and enjoy the momentous occasion to let loose. But there is a dark side to October 31st.
There are those that use the special occasion to commit crimes. Robberies, burglaries, and thefts are very common. All of these felony crimes can contribute to theft of personal information. Often, the perpetrators use a disguise of some sort. The mask is a usual form of concealment for such criminals.
Their intention of crime is not readily recognized because a lot of people are wearing costumes and masks on Halloween. The criminals, knowing their devious intentions very well, seize the opportunity to rob and steal. If you come in contact with masked monsters, you might be surprised to find out that they might want more than candy. You should be very vigilant and avoid situations where you may feel vulnerable or become exposed. Let your intuition guide you.
Trick or treaters usually end their candy collection campaign shortly after 7 pm, and some may go slightly later. My general rule of thumb is to stop answering the door between 7 pm and 8 pm. I let the doorbell ring, and ring, and ring after that. I just don’t open it, period. I also try to stay away from the streets, or better known as going out. Crime is tremendously increased in certain areas on Oct. 31st, so you should be aware of that.
Oh and one more thing… HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!