Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to deter vehicle vandalism

A report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety surmised that vehicle vandalism nearly doubles on Halloween! If that’s not enough to frighten you, vandalism also seems to occur more on Saturdays and Sundays, too. So, with Halloween falling on a Friday this year, we’re sure to have ghouls and goblins roaming through the weekend, too.

Here are some tips to keep your vehicle secure throughout the year – at Halloween, through holiday-shopping season, and beyond:

1. Whenever possible, store your vehicle in a secure place, such as a private garage. If that’s not available, park in a place you can see from your location or another secure garage or lot.

2. Lock your doors and trunk.

3. Park in a well-lit area.

4. Remove your valuables from the vehicle, and remove from view any items that may be tempting to a thief (such as money, sunglasses).

5. Lower adjustable antennas (if applicable), and put your windshield-wiper arms in their parked/lowest position. In addition to side-view mirrors, these kinds of vehicle “attachments” are often the first to be vandalized.

6. Install and/or activate your car alarm, or use a steering-wheel lock. Believe it or not, even “fake” alarms with a blinking red dash light can be a deterrent!

7. Don’t leave house keys or personal documents in your vehicle. You surely don’t want a visit to your home if your vehicle is vandalized!

Following these simple tips will help prevent your vehicle from being a vandal’s target. They’re easy things you can do to lessen the reward for someone who’s up to no good on Halloween…or any other time.  

Fall fun in West Volusia County

We can feel the chill in the air…fall is here, and winter is on its way! Oh, how we love donning jackets and thinking about pulling our sweaters out of the closet. Until that day comes, we’ve put together a list of fun events coming up around West Volusia this season to keep us excited about this change of seasons. We hope you enjoy it…there’s truly something for everyone when you get out and about in our wonderful communities.


24-26 Orchtoberfest, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 4265 Marsh Road. DeLand (  

25 Farmers Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary (407-443-6965)

25 Market in the Park, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Blake Park, 493 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen (386-228-9957)

25 Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of DeLand, 115 E. Howry Ave. (386-734-5113)

25 Orange City’s Halloween Block Party, 6 - 9 p.m. 205 E. Graves Ave. (

25 2nd Annual Glamour & Gore Fundraising Costume Party, 7:30 – 11 p.m., Rotary Club of DeLand, Artisan Alley Garage (

31 Monsters on Mainstreet, 6 – 8 p.m., Downtown DeLand (


Ponies & Pumpkins, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Corner of Flightline Blvd. & U.S. 92, DeLand (

1-2 38th Annual Fall Country Jamboree, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sat); 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Sun), Barberville Pioneer Settlement, 1776 Lightfoot Lane (

2 Deltona Fire Department Annual Open House & “Pink Heals” 5k Run, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 2983 Howland Blvd. (386-575-6901)

3 Stetson Homecoming Bonfire, 7 – 11 p.m., Forest of Arden (on Stetson campus) (386-822-7000)

4 Acoustic Jam @ Deltona Arts Center, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Deltona Arts & Historical Center (

7 Big Band Hangar Dance, 7 – 10:30 p.m. DeLand Naval Air Station Museum, DeLand Jet Center Hangar, DeLand (386-738-4149)

7 Orange City Movie in the Park, 8:30 – 11 p.m., showing “Rio 2,” Dickinson Park, Orange City (Corner of 17-92 and Graves Ave.) (

8  Veterans Day Parade, 10 a.m., Downtown DeLand (

8 Stetson Homecoming Football Game, 3 p.m. DeLand (

15 Craft Show at 3 Sisters Ice Cream Palace, 1 – 5:30 p.m., Lake Helen

22-23  DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sat), 10 a.m. -  4 p.m. (Sun) Downtown DeLand (


6 Orange City Orchestra, 7 p.m., Dickinson Memorial Library. (386-668-9587)

5  Christmas Merchant Open House & Sugar Plum Stroll, 6-9 p.m., Downtown DeLand (

5 DeLand City Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5 p.m. DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave.

6 Jaycees Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. Downtown DeLand (

12 Merchant Charity Night, 6 – 9 p.m., Downtown DeLand (

13 City of Deltona Christmas Parade, 6 p.m., Deltona Boulevard (

13 Christmas Village and Parade, Orange City, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (village – Dickinson Park); 5 p.m. (parade – 17/92 from French to Ohio) (