Halloween Security Tips
Halloween is a great time for fun, costumes and candy. However, for some people, Halloween can also be a time for mischief, vandalism, robbery and other crimes. There are a number of reasons for this. While some types of mischief are small and even fun, many other types are dangerous, costly and criminal.
It’s important that you take steps to protect yourself and your property on Halloween. Here are a few tips.
Use Appropriate Lighting
Halloween doesn’t have to mean darkness. You should clearly illuminate your door, your walkway and your driveway. It’s also a good idea to use motion-activated lighting around your property. This will make sure that no one is sneaking around your home in the dark.
Use Caution Around People Wearing Masks
Many people use Halloween as a way to wear a mask to commit a crime without it looking suspicious. If you run a business, don’t allow people to enter your location if they are wearing masks, even if it’s Halloween night. It’s just not worth the safety risk. Post a sign at the front of your property stating that anyone entering your store needs to remove their masks.
Make Sure that your Windows & Doors are Secure
Protect your property with physical security tools. There will likely be more people out at night on Halloween night than there usually are on other evenings. This means that there is an increased likelihood of someone attempting to commit a crime. Use window bars and security gates to keep your property safe and secure, whether you own a commercial property, a residential property or both.
Don’t Open Your Door for Just Anyone
Small children knocking on your door looking for candy in the early evening are probably safe. A large group of adults in masks close to 11 pm? Possibly not. If you don’t feel safe opening your door for someone, you don’t have to. Just because it’s Halloween, it doesn’t mean that you have to open your home and yourself to danger.
Take Security Precautions
Leave your vehicle in your garage, not in your driveway. Not only could your vehicle be a target for criminals but, with the large number of people walking by your home on Halloween night, it is likely to get scratched or dinged by accident. Placing it in the garage prevents this from happening.
Make sure that you securely lock your garage once the car is inside. Not only are there valuable items inside your garage, but there are also likely items inside that a criminal could use to break into your property, such as tools.
When you’re done with handing out candy for the night, make sure that you lock up your home securely. Taking these steps can keep you safe.
Halloween is a fun day that people of all ages can enjoy. However, it’s important that you take the time to ensure that you and your property are safe and secure. If you are prepared and if you keep a watchful eye out during the night, you can help ensure that the occasion goes off without a hitch.