Fright Night is full of tricks and treats, but it's not all fun and games. Halloween is a scary holiday that marks a rise in serious crime. Authorities warn people to be on the alert.
According to NerdWallet, crime-related insurance claims increase by more than 24 percent on Halloween. While being out and about on Halloween is fun, police warn about crimes like theft and vandalism. "You're naturally going to see a little bit of a rise in property crime or malicious injury to property just because of the sheer fact that there are a lot of people out," explains Tracy Basterrechea, Deputy Chief of Meridian Police.
Toilet papering trees and throwing eggs at homes are classic Halloween pranks, but the crimes can be far more sinister. Ranker shares horrific acts that have occurred on the holiday including gruesome murders and abductions. In 1992, for instance, a Japanese exchange student wanted to go to a party but rang the doorbell of the wrong house by accident. The homeowner, claiming he feared for his life, shot and killed the student with a revolver. In 1981, Manhattan couple Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman were brutally murdered in their apartment by a crazed serial killer who turned out to be "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz.