With the spooky season just around the corner and potentially much more than masked monsters wandering the streets, it’s important to make sure your home security is up to scratch. You probably think that nothing is going to happen and it’s good not to worry too much, but you never know and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Research from Aviva home insurance has revealed that domestic burglaries and damage increases by a huge 160% during the Halloween period, with Bonfire Night being statistically the worst night of the year for theft. This can be attributed to opportunistic burglars who taking advantage of the darker nights, fancy dress costumes and noise, and shows the importance of keeping your home protected.
To help get you prepared for Halloween, the security specialists at Yale have put together their top tips to help you keep your home, family, and belongings safe.
Ensure doors and windows are locked securely, especially when going out for the evening. We often attend Halloween parties or bonfire displays, and 20%* of us admit to leaving our front and back doors unlocked, and consequently, our properties are left vulnerable to theft. Also, consider investing in a spyhole or digital door viewer for extra security to see who is at the door before opening to trick-or-treaters.
Alarm and CCTV systems are an excellent option for external security measures as they not only act as a visual deterrent but are also effective at alerting neighbors in case of a break-in.
18% of individuals admitted to leaving keys by their front door, which can then be easily ‘fished’ by burglars. To prevent any unsolicited ‘tricks’, invest in a letterplate restrictor to stop burglars hooking keys out from near your front door and entering your home.
Many outbuildings contain sought-after valuable items, as well as ladders and tools that could prove useful for a burglar in order to gain access to your home. Heavy-duty padlocks, hasps, and staples are recommended to secure your shed, and anchor locks and cables can be used to secure individual items, making it far more difficult for potential thieves to grab your possessions.