Five Ways to Ensure Your Home is Safe on Halloween
While some holidays are recognized as the day of giving or remembrance, Halloween is a night known for its screams, scares and spooky incidents. Crimes are two times more likely to happen on Halloween night, so here are some tips to ensure that your home is safe on one of the most frightful nights of the year.
Light it up
Whether you are anticipating trick-or-treaters or not, keep your porch light on. The light will thwart off burglars as there is a higher chance that they may be seen if they choose to target your home. Use exterior lights to illuminate places like your back door and front and back yards so that there aren’t any dark shadows to make it hard for a video surveillance camera to pick up suspicious activity around the perimeter of your home. It is easier to see a burglary in the act if it isn’t black as night.
Safety in Numbers
When you are handing out treats to your guests on Halloween, be sure to have someone with you. Home owners are more likely to open the door on Halloween night expecting small children, so burglars like to take advantage and try to force their way inside your door. There is strength in numbers, so if this happens to you, you have the backup you need to keep the person outside your door and someone to be available to call your local police.
Another thing to note when opening your front door to strangers is to try to keep your door open for the shortest about of time possible. You don’t want to give someone the opportunity to sneak a peek at your valuables and come back later that night to commit a crime. Think about taking your candy giveaways outside and sitting in front of your door with someone else so that you do not have to open your home to strangers. Lock your front door and take your key with you so that no one tries to force their way in. Also, keep your fully charged cell phone with you to report any suspicious activity.
Prepare for Pranksters
Most people feel like they could accomplish anything when covered in costume from head-to-toe, the anonymity the disguise fuels the motive to commit a crime. Keep your house is secure by locking all windows and doors. Set your alarm system when not opening and shutting your door. If you have a video surveillance system, be sure to point your cameras in the direction of your entrances and also on any kind of valuables.
Vandalism usually peaks on October 31, and it’s best to keep your most prized possessions hidden from view. Move your car into your garage. If you don’t have a garage, make sure your windows are up and your doors are locked. You may think about investing in a cover that goes over your car to protect your paint job from flying egg attacks.
Protect Your Empty House
If you have other plans and are not going to be at home on the night of Halloween, be sure to lock up your house. Turn on your alarm and video surveillance system so that any and all activity can be monitored. Let your neighbors know that you are not going to be home, so that if they sense any suspicious activity or see any other lights on in your house, they can call the police and then notify you that someone may be lurking in your home.
A way to trick people into thinking you are home is to implement a lighting timer. You can schedule times to turn on and off lights around your home. You can choose to keep the living room light on all night while flickering between upstairs bedrooms and the kitchen area. This tactic may give the illusion that you are home, so be sure to secure the front door, so trick-or-treaters don’t find their way in looking for candy. Leave a bowl in front of your door with instructions on how much to take so that they can be on and off of your stoop as quickly as possible.
Host Your Own Halloween
If you feel uncomfortable leaving your house, create a reason to stay home. Invite your friends and family to a Halloween party at your place. This way, you are able to keep an eye on your home and your loved ones all while having a great time celebrating the spooky holiday.
In order to ensure that someone uninvited doesn’t sneak into your party, assign only one person to open the door for your guests. Whether it is you, a family member or a friend, this person should know exactly who is invited and what they look like. That way, no one is invited inside that is not on your guest list. When large amounts of people are in a party atmosphere, it is hard to keep up with who is coming and going, so keep the doors locked and escort guests into and out of the house.
The most important thing to do to keep your home is safe on Halloween is to use common sense. Be prepared to protect your home, but don’t be too suspicious. Enjoy your night with the ghosts and goblins and don’t forget to have fun!
Posted by Sydny Shepard on Oct 27, 2015