Halloween is a fun time of year, but it can also be rather dangerous. All the costumes and trick-or-treating make it fun for kids and adults, but you have to be on the lookout as burglars love this time of year, too. As you attend parties or leave for trick-or-treating, they see it as an opportunity to enter your home, steal your things and ruin your Halloween fun.
The fact that everybody is dressed up for the night might have your guard down. However, it’s no different than any other night. You need to ensure your home is secure and you’re protected as burglars will strike on Halloween if given the opportunity.
If you want to enjoy trick-or-treating with your children, going out to the many events or just handing out candy at your own home, you need a few tips. Here are a few tips to help keep you protected during the Halloween season this year.
Keep Everything Locked
A locked door or window is a deterrent for many burglars in New Jersey. When 86 burglars were asked how they broke into homes, most said they went right through unlocked doors or windows. https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/crime/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/277-344333696 It may seem like basic knowledge, but forgetting to lock a door or window may be leaving your home vulnerable to a break-in this Halloween season.
Take the time to check all your windows now and make sure every lock is working. When it’s time to go out trick-or-treating or to a Halloween party, take a few minutes and check to make sure all doors and windows are locked. Don’t forget about garage doors or side doors you don’t use as often as other doors.
Light it Up
A well-lit home is like kryptonite for burglars. They don’t want to be seen and adding more light will help to keep your home safe. You can even add motion sensor outdoor light to help keep your home from becoming a target.
Before you leave for the night on Halloween or the weekend before, make sure you light up your home. Keep on several lights inside as it makes burglars think someone is inside.
Before Halloween arrives, make sure you check all outdoor light bulbs. If one of your outdoor bulbs is out, it could create the perfect opportunity for a burglar to get inside.
Don’t Create Easy Access Points with Halloween Decorations
Burglars love to find a spot outside that’s dark and away from plain sight. They will use this section of your home to break in, especially if it’s near a door or window. You may not have spots like this normally, but when you decorate your lawn for Halloween, you may create one.
You can have fun with your decorations, but make sure you’re not casting a shadow on a window or creating a dark spot where someone could easily access your home. If you think you may have created this type of spot, adjust your decor or add a light to the area.
Make Sure All Security Decals and Signs are Easily Seen
Don’t make the mistake of hiding your security sign with Halloween decorations. Instead, make sure you can easily see the sign as it’s a huge deterrent for a burglar. Any window decals should be easily visible, as well. You may even want to add a few extra decals to ensure your home is extra protected.
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Don’t Leave Without Arming Your System
If you have a home security system, make sure it’s armed before you leave. If not, it’s time to get one installed before Halloween to keep your home safe. Even if you plan to only be out for a half hour or an hour, arm your system. It can take less than 60 seconds for a burglar to get in and get out with your things, according to this infographic. https://blog.nationwide.com/home-theft-prevention-tips-infographic/
Make sure your arm your system before you leave to go anywhere, even if you will be in your own neighborhood. Having eyes on your house isn’t the same as having an armed security system. A burglar may spot you leaving and notice you didn’t arm your system. Then, they may enter through the back while you’re watching the front. Next thing you know, you’re arriving home after a fun Halloween night and you’ve been robbed!
Keep Your System Armed, Even When Staying In
If you plan to stay in and hand out candy, arm your security system, but bypass the front door. This is possible on most systems where you can bypass a single sensor. You will remain protected without having to worry about someone breaking in and hurting you or your family while still handing out candy.
Be Aware of Your Vehicle
Vehicles become targets on Halloween, too. You’re so busy worried about the line of trick-or-treaters at your door that you may not notice the burglar breaking into your car.
If you have a garage, pull your vehicles in and lock them. If you have a car alarm, make sure it’s armed. At the very least, lock your car, move it where you can easily see it and remove anything valuable from it, including the garage door opener.
Get a Home Security System Installed
If you don’t have a home security system, it’s time to have one installed. Halloween is a fun time for everybody, including burglars as they try to ruin your night. With a home security system, you will be well protected from the true fright of the night.
Make sure you hire a professional to install your system and make sure you use it. Even if a burglar has already targeted your home and you don’t know it, having an alarm system installed may send them looking for a new target.
You don’t need to be the victim of a break-in this Halloween. With the right home security system, you will gain peace of mind. Of course, make sure you use these tips and lock your windows and doors, light up your house and arm your security system.
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