Halloween is a time for fun and mischief. It’s likely that swarms of trick or treaters will descend upon your property looking for those ever so sweet treats. Whilst, for the majority, Halloween is a time to get spooky, dress up and have some fun, there are those out there with more sinister intentions.It’s of little wonder that October has become National Home Security Month. According to NHSM, burglaries can spike by almost a third when the clocks go back! So, regardless of whether you plan to be at home for Halloween, or not, you should take the necessary precautions to protect you and your home.Whether it be burglary or vandalism on the minds of opportunistic criminals, let’s take a look at how you can secure your home for Halloween.
Securing your home for Halloween if you plan to stay inIf you’re planning on staying home for Halloween you should decide whether you will be accepting trick or treaters. Having hordes of kids knocking at your front door isn’t for everyone and that’s ok. But, don’t try and make it look like you’re not home to avoid the crowds. By doing this you are making your home look vulnerable to any opportunistic criminals that may pass by.Also, don’t answer your door to trick or treaters if you don’t have any treats to give because you’re opening yourself to vandalism from those who may be spiteful. Like we say, make that decision on how you’re going to approach Halloween before the sun sets!So, what can you do to prevent tricks or burglaries at your home?
1. Protect your car on HalloweenCars are a prime target for those rowdy teenagers running around with a few boxes of eggs causing havoc! If you don’t have a garage to put your car in, find something to cover it with. Or, if you’re really in the Halloween spirit, why not decorate your car?
2. Watch your front doorIf you have a CCTV system installed by Lenz Security you can easily check who’s at your front door by checking on a smart device via the app. This means you can see who’s at your front door before you even get there to make sure you’re happy to answer.
3. Keep your pets insideYour pets certainly don’t understand that it’s Halloween. It can be frightening for them to have lots of people dressed up, banging on the front door. So, keep them inside to ensure there’s no accidents.Alternatively, you could dress them up and get them involved in the Halloween spirit too!
4. Light up your driveway!Whether you’re accepting trick or treaters or not, it’s a good idea to light up your driveway. This will deter any vandals or opportunistic burglars from approaching your home.
5. Be clearIf you don’t want the hordes knocking at your door or ringing the bell, simply pop a poster up outside your home. This will let them know that you’re not accepting trick or treaters and you should be in for a peaceful night! You can find one from the Essex Police, here!
Securing your home for Halloween if you plan to go out
1. Lock your windows and doorsThis is a very obvious statement. Yet, many people still forget whether they’ve actually locked their windows and doors when they leave the house. It is easy to forget these things if you’re in a rush to get to a party or even get the kids out of the door. This is exactly what thieves are counting on.Check and double check all your windows and doors before you leave your house this Halloween.
2. Turn on your burglar alarmBurglar alarms are a great way to deter would be criminals from stealing your property. If they manage to gain access to your home, your alarm will alert your neighbours and scare them off.Also, with our smart system, if something triggers your alarm, you get a notification straight to your phone. (Providing that you’re connected to the internet). This way you can easily alert the authorities of a break in!Home alarm systems are cost effective and we can install them for you. Click here for more information about our Home Alarm Systems. Or if you would prefer to speak to someone on the phone, or face to face, this can be arranged too.
3. Install CCTV at your homeCCTV connected to smart homes are huge deterrents for opportunistic criminals. Around 89% of convicts had said they would be put off from attacking a smart home That’s a huge reduction in risk.Installing CCTV to protect your home doesn’t have to cost the world. Depending on your needs and budget, we can help to find what’s right for you and your family. You can read more about our smart CCTV systems here. As with all our services, any quote is free and comes with no obligations. You can give us a call or request a quote here.
4. Stay away from social mediaThis one should be a no brainer. But, if it’s not, here’s why you should be staying away from social media when you’re not at home. There’s a good chance that you’ve got a lot of friends on your social media or your profile isn’t completely private. If this is the case, posting about the party you’re at or restaurant you’ve decided to go to for the evening can lead to the knowledge that you’re away from home!Now, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t shout about the fantastic time you had. However, you should be conscious that anyone could see that. So, save it until you get home!
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