Research has shown that the violent crime count is nearly 50% higher on Halloween night than on any other day of the year. Vandalism, theft, and burglary are also widespread on Halloween night. By following these six Halloween home safety tips, you can help keep your home and family safe and prank-free.
Light Up Your House (Even If You're Not Home)
If you can't be home on Halloween night, there are precautions you can take to ensure that your house looks occupied. There are three kinds of lighting; timed, intelligent-motion, and off. Lighting does no good if it's off. A combination of timer and intelligent-motion activated lighting can give the appearance that someone is home and that the homeowner is aware of and concerned with their Perimeter security. The entire perimeter of the property should be well lit, especially areas of accessibility, such as near doors and places where people shouldn't be lurking, should also have motion-sensitive lighting. The idea is also to have the appearance of a 'lived-in look' by keeping the shades and or curtains drawn and lighting going on and off at various times. Also, having at least a television going at all times will make the house much less attractive than darker empty neighbor homes."
Prepare for Vandals & Thieves
Not everyone wants treats on Halloween – some are looking to trick. The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (PCI) reports that Halloween has the highest number of vandalism claims for any day by 81 percent. The average cost per claim on Halloween was $1,660, which is approximately 9 percent higher than the annual daily average cost per claim. To help protect your home from ghouls, don't make your house a tempting treat. An outdoor deterrence system like Perimeter ensures your property is a challenging target. When any would-be criminal is approaching your property, your system will alert him/her of their detection and deter using lights and sounds if they continue towards your property. Aside from deterring any criminals, park your car in your garage or park it in an area covered by Perimeter. You should also put away any objects that can easily be taken from your porch or yard, like lawn furniture and grills.
Set Up an Informal Neighborhood Watch
Before Halloween, communicate with your neighbors and come up with a plan for improving security around your neighborhood. Even if you live in a safe community, things can still go wrong. Especially on Halloween when strangers from other neighborhoods or towns are likely to be walking around. It doesn't matter where you live – by thinking like a burglar, recognizing that nobody lives in an entirely crime-free neighborhood, you're able to reduce the ways a burglar might enter your property.
Keep Your Pets Inside
Halloween night can be scary for your pets. If they're especially uncomfortable with new people and loud noises, this night can be downright terrifying. With kids coming to the door, running in the street and yelling in excitement, your pet is likely to be unsettled and may try to bolt out of the house. That's why it's important to keep your dogs in a safe spot like a crate, sectioning off the house with pet gates or keeping them in an upstairs room away from exterior doors. Animals are, unfortunately also a target on Halloween. Keep them inside, away from any potential danger, and always make sure they're properly chipped so they can be easily identified if they escape.
Stay Home & Plan for a Safe Night
Overall, the best thing you can do to safeguard your home on Halloween is to be home. The chances of theft or vandalism are significantly lower if your house is occupied. This means keeping your lights on, opening your door for trick or treaters, and moving around inside and outside of your house.
Arm Your Perimeter System
Finally, you should arm your Perimeter System. Using ground vibrations and computer vision, Perimeter is the fastest and most accurate detection possible. When your system has the accuracy of a personal security guard keeping watch, you can now deter any would-be criminal before they enter your yard or driveway.
Contact us to learn more about how deterring crime and vandalism outside the home is the future of protecting what's inside.