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  • Oct 30, 2013
Car vandalism is neither a trick nor a treat, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that it's just as much an after effect of Halloween as candy-induced stomach aches and throwing away rotting jack-o'-lanterns. According to IIHS data, cars are, on average, twice as likely to be vandalized on October 31 – sometimes even with slashed tires and broken windows.

The report says that between 2008 and 2012, there were an average of 1,253 insurance claims for vehicle vandalism on Halloween night, compared with just 692 claims for an average day. Though significantly lower than Halloween, the Fourth of July and New Year's Day were also above average in terms of vandal strikes. Conversely, Christmas and Thanksgiving were major holidays that rated below average for vandalism.


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      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      The neighbor kids TP a few cars every year, but it's rarely worse than that. I suppose I'm lucky they don't get up to worse. Couple of the neighbor kids were going around busting car windows a couple months back. Everyone knew who it was--the new family that just moved in. They busted my neighbor's car windows, figured I was next so I took a little pre-emptive action. I put a brick on their doorstep, rang the bell and ran. When they answered the door they saw the brick with a note. "If your kids put something through my windows, one of THESE is going through YOURS." Windows promptly stopped getting broken.
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      We don't have that problem in Texas, everyone knows that after dark it's perfectly legal to shoot a thief or a vandal from the comfort of your own home with a scoped assault rifle with a 50 round magazine.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        This is completely wrong! Its a 50 round drum, not a magazine.
          nocommie11
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          AK comes with a 30 round and a 50 round box magazine, the 50 round is usually used on RPK light machine gun. For deer hunting and "wildlife" control.
          Walt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          Actually, Surefire sells a 60 round "magazine" for the AR15. Not that I know anything about guns,.....
      • 1 Year Ago
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          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          And so what if he posts it? Who the hell do you think you are? Why can't he excersise the same rights as everyone else on this damn website: to post whatever the hell he wants?
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        Report him for spamming. This is spam.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why hardworking respectable people, job creators, successful people, and privileged people should live in gated societies, far away from these degenerates of modern society.
        flychinook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        News flash, the bored teenagers of those "respectable people" are often the ones doing the vandalizing.
          Josh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @flychinook
          FUELTO THEFIRE ALWAYS watching his/her kids ALWAYS being a helicopter ALWAYS talking out of ones ass. Lots of always but still just words on a computer screen. Maybe you shouldn't go around thinking your tough **** cuz you paid way too much for a 4 cylinder mercedes...
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @flychinook
          Bullshit. As a parent, I will ALWAYS supervise my kids, no matter what. I walk them to and from school. Whenever they want to go out and play or go to a friends house ,I go right with them. When they hit their teens and want to start partying, I will go right with them to the party and watch their every last movement.It is my responisibility to watch and supervise them whenever they go out. I will do this every single day, until they turn 18 ( and probably all the way through college as well, I have picked out a small community college for them already which is only a 10 minute drive from home, and if they disagree, I'll just stop paying their tuition.) I am a proudly overprotective parent, a helicopter parent. Kniw what? Any respectable parent would do the same. That's what sets them Apart from the welfare moocher class. These degenerates are jtoo damn lazy to look after their kids. If you notice, these low income iids are never supervised, so they are always the ones causing trouble. Kids of respectable parents on the other hand, ALWAYS have a Parent with them all the time, even when they are teenagers, so they are definitely not the ones causing trouble around the neighborhood.
        hemijohn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        You reek of Troll, stop F'ing your uncle. The 1% spit on you.
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hemijohn
          Sweetheart, I'm an orthopaedic surgeon. I worked my lower cavity off to become part of the 1%, and I especially dion't appreciate peasants, commoners, and public school graduates(and drop outs) whining about "the 1% controlling everything, the 1% have it easy, blah blah blah blah blah." We are the 1%, and yes, we do spit on you, because you are not one of us. Go ahead and give me all you got. Call me a troll, faker, douchebag, or whatever the hell sounds good to you. I'm a fat brown skinned guy with a minir soeech impediment I'm used to getting **** . Whether I actually take it is besides the point(usually don't), but go on ahead. Why the hell am I even wasting my keyboard strokes on a little **** like you? "F'ing your uncle"-that's brilliant- did the short bus driver help you out with that?
      helloac
      • 1 Year Ago
      lets be honest: the owner of that buick was done a favor
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Park my car in my garage? How about plan B, stand on my roof Korean Store Owner style and pop some caps. =p
      hemijohn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hahahaha, Hey Seal Rchin, somebody totally trashed your mom's car :'D
      speddedler
      • 1 Year Ago
      So did that escalate quickly from a simple T.P. job to window-smashing, or did someone come across this already-busted car with TP in hand and think they'd put some icing on the cake?
      MarlonJBT2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Park in the garage? From what I just went through, it doesn't matter. They'll break into the garage too!
      Insurance Hunter
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is great advice that everyone needs to take. The combination of it being Halloween and some many people outside walking around can just lead to issues. Its better to be cautious then have to make a claim due to vandalism on November 1st
      rcavaretti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Car and other forms of vandalism on Halloween night seem to be an east coast thing (specifically Massachusetts, Florida and New York), at least that's what I've gathered from the stories of many a transplant about their 'youthful' activities, and have yet to hear of someone local who engaged in the same practices, at least in the neighborhoods I grew up in. Would like to see the breakdown by region and small/big town.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        Definitely an East Coast thing-living in New Jersey, I've had everything from a Mercedes Benz E320 to a Chevy conversion van to a Subaru STi TP'd by ghetto degenerates. Never had that problem when I was living in the Chicago area.
          PiCASSO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          My house was egged last year during Halloween night. Not sure why... I have two young boys (2 and 4) that certainly have no enemies. Perhaps it was just a random thing here in Chicago's northwestern suburbs.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        I don't think it's a regional thing. I lived in Washington state for a good many years and I had several vehicles stolen and my Camry was vandalized. They actually tried to steal it, too, but the POS wasn't running which is why I had left it in the parking lot to begin with, lol.
          Krazeecain
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Wow, that's crazy. ...A Camry that wasn't running, who woulda thunk!
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        Naw, Detroit is set ablaze more-so than any other day of the year...go fig!
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        In Jersey we did it the night BEFORE Halloween a/k/a "Mischief Night" Our mischief was pretty innocent and limited to TP and soap or shaving cream on glass, but the whole neighborhood got into it.
          S.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          @FueltotheFire How did you go from Basil TPing and shaving cream to murdering and liberal whatever? Do you at least stretch before jumping to conclusions?
          Basil Exposition
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          LOL FuelToTheFire wish I knew where you live. I'm a little old for mischief night now but I'd make a special exception for you and hit you with 3 rolls of TP and 2 cans of Barbasol! Maybe next year...
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