Tomorrow is All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, if you speak in a normal fashion. It’s the time of year we all don masks, costumes, or scary paraphernalia and run around our city or town. There is also a large spike in crime, in America, on October 31, so it is important to stay safe. Not only will these tips help everyone avoid trouble and harm, but it may prevent the need for a bail bondsman.
MASKS AND COSTUMES
Wearing masks and costumes can be a lot of fun, as we dress like a character we like or find funny. However, there are a handful of hazards that effect children and adults, alike. Masks, though an easy and unexpensive way to build a costume, can limit the wearers ability to see. Furthermore, given the tense times we’re in, they could make a law enforcement officer wary, so be sure to remove it, if stopped or engaged by an officer. With that same thought in mind, wearing dark and obscuring clothing can also be a red flag for criminal intent, as well as making it difficult for driver to see a person.
Given the fact that there is an uptick in crime, and not everybody is out to a just have a fun, harmless, and hopefully spooky night, safety and prevention are of importance. Instead of masks, Halloween makeup allows for more visibility for the wearer and any person they encounter. It is also important for everyone who will be walking to wear something to enhance their ability to be seen, whether is be bright colors or a reflector. This is especially important for children who will be trick or treating, but for any person walking to a party or a get together; remember a reflector or bright jacket can be removed at the destination, without compromising the costume. Another thing to be VERY careful with are props that accompany the costume. Many people accessorize their costumes with weapons, like a gun or large knife. Remember: it may not be apparent to anyone else that the item is a replica, and both police officers and fellow citizens may feel threatened. Be very careful with these props.
In addition to being considerate and mindful or our interactions with law enforcement and others celebrating Halloween, there are a number of other harm-prevention tips to consider. Children who are trick or treating may need a chaperone to accompany them, such as a parent or an older sibling. A safe place should be designated for everyone to meet, should anyone be separated or any trouble arise. Young ones, and anyone for that matter, should be careful and not enter any person’s house that they do not know, feel uncomfortable with, or that have not been invited into. This one goes without saying, it is advisable for parents to check the candy, for anything suspicious: more likely edible marijuana than poison, but that is still very dangerous to children.
TOO MUCH “FUN”
One last thought is for the adults celebrating this Halloween. Many equate alcohol with a good time, so more alcohol will be a better time. If this is the thought for the night, get a designated driver, call a cab or ride-share, and have sober friend around. Be careful and stay out of trouble, but if you need us, we’re here: California’s best bail bonds company. Call us at 800-884-1222. Have Halloween safety tips or thoughts? Get us on Facebook or Twitter.
October 30, 2015 / Ryan Serey