Knoxville (WVLT) - The night before Halloween is often known as mischief night. Vandalism and pranks are sometimes a tradition for many young people.
WVLT Volunteer TV's Liz Tedone has the details.
The Knoxville Police Department has recently stepped up surveillance in one West Knoxville neighborhood after a rash of burglaries and break-ins. This week is no exception.
This surveillance cherry picker is being used in a residential neighborhood for the first time this week in Sequoyah Hills. Since January there have been more than 50 reported incidents of theft from homes to cars.
"You see a lot of car break-ins, some home burglaries, but if you look at car break-ins, most of the time, if not every time it's a car where a valuable has been left out in the open," Knoxville Police Spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.
And while petty crime is common on any night of the week, on Halloween KPD expects more mischief and vandalism type activity. Pranksters that many parents don't want their kids to get mixed up with.
"I don't think they're ever old enough to be on their own, and I don't' think they're ever too old for Halloween. I just think it's safety in numbers," parent Rebecca Shelton said.
And that's why some parents are taking their kids to special trick and treating events at local churches and community centers.
"And so we go there so we'll be safe and so the people that we know will be there and nothing harsh will happen or anything," trick or treater Jervese O'Neil said.
"We've been fortunate. They have a great group of friends and a great group of parents," parent Tamma Harrison said.
Some Halloween safety reminders: Have your child go out in a group. Know the neighborhood that you're trick or treating. Be sure to inspect all candy. And don't forget to wear reflective costumes, and that goes for parents and chaperones too.