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How to protect your Halloween decorations this season

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Three weeks until Halloween and already reports of stolen decorations. Three weeks until Halloween and already reports of stolen decorations.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

By Mackenzie Maynard

With three weeks until Halloween, we are already getting reports of stolen decorations. One viewer told us she is so upset about being ripped off that she will not be handing out candy this year.

With people transforming their homes into haunted houses it may attract attention from neighbors but it could also attract attention from thieves. One homeowner was glad to show off his very own haunted house. So far, Cameron Spooner's porch is covered in cobwebs, spiders and caution tape but he told us, "We plan on adding more, but we're going to wait until Halloween gets a little closer".

Cameron, like many, is playing it safe to avoid getting his stuff stolen. Police say this is the time of year they get calls from homeowners who have gotten more tricks than treats from thieves.

We did some research to find ways you can protect your property this holiday season: Metal stakes can be used to make sure your yard decorations stay firmly grounded in the lawn, and while it stand as a pricier option, motion activated lights can also scare thieves off your lawn in the first place.

Cameron says it took him about two days to decorate his porch, but it only cost him $7 for all the decorations. He's more focused on protecting his hard work rather than his wallet from thieves. "Nobody wants somebody coming up on their yard stealing their stuff they've worked hard for."

To help protect his haunted house he plans to, "take them down and bring them in for the night, might leave them up til 1 o'clock".

Police remind you they do rely on you the neighborhood to keep an eye on your neighbor's property, if any questionable activity is going on, report it immediately.

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