Crime on Halloween: Precautions to Safeguard your Pet

It does not take a genius to figure out the reference to context when activities like Trick or Treat, spine-chilling costume-based parties or trips down to haunted mansions are discussed. Yes, the festival being referred to is that of Halloween, an occasion which is celebrated every year on the 31st of October.

At the same time, it is important to consider the rapid increase in crime which has been noted in the nation on Halloween day with break-ins by robbers, thugs wearing masks causing menace on this glorious occasion. The unrest on Halloween is further evident from the fact that insurance claims related to crime spike up to almost 24% on Halloween which is unprecedented in comparison to other days of the year and indicates the terror in the hearts of citizens out there.

For pet lovers, crime can prove to be extremely fatal in nature not just for their own personal safety but even for their beloved furry-munchkins. A robber who breaks into the house and finds your dog/cat in front of him won’t think twice before neutralizing the pet in order to safeguard himself from any distractions or disruptions. Masked robbers who attempt to mug you having worn Halloween masks as disguises and armed to the teeth could also prove to be extremely fatal for your loyal Fido. Considering these factors in mind, let’s take a look at the different precautions which you need to keep in mind for safeguarding your four-legged companion from any harm on Halloween:

  • Ensuring A Well-Lit House

Not answering a Trick or Treat call without proper verification:It is advisable to ensure that your house is well-lit even if you are venturing outside as a dark, empty house is nothing short of a welcome for any robber on the lookout. There are several parties where pets are not allowed due to certain reasons resulting in your beloved poodle being left alone at home in an unsafe situation. An armed robber looking to rob the house will consider a house which has no glowing lights or signs of human presence as nothing short of an open invitation and will not hesitate to use force if necessary. A well-lit house will discourage any robber looking to avoid a tussle safeguarding the life of your pet.

There are several robbers who attempt to disguise themselves as kids simply indulging in a trick or treat competition for obtaining easy access to your house. It is recommended to safeguard the life of your four-legged companion as well as yourself by not opening the door without due verification. This may seem unduly suspicious for a few folks but will be extremely useful for your ultimate protection.

  • Adequate Exterior Lighting:

Thieves often attempt to hide in the bushes or shrubs in the garden for getting a clear, unhindered view of the house which can help them plan the next move. Do not provide them this opportunity by cutting down the leaves and shrubs in the garden to the bare minimum as well as well as investing in a proper external lighting mechanism which can warn you in case of the presence of an unwelcome guest capable of causing potential harm.

  • Do not play the Hero:

In case you come back home with your dog after a party and find the front door or a window open, never attempt to save the day singlehandedly. What might seem fancy in a movie sadly does not have the same impact in real, day-to-day life. An armed robber might very well be present in the house and can inflict fatal damage on you as well as your four-legged companion. Always attempt to seek the assistance of a police official or a pack of neighbors before tackling the perpetrator.

Halloween is one of the most enjoyable festivals for adults and children alike. Help maintain the same for your loyal four-legged companion by safeguarding them from the menace of crime at any cost.

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Post Author: Jesse McDaniel

Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aide on a regular basis.