Halloween is the one rare day of the year when we literally open our doors to dozens of strangers, and while there may not be much harm in handing out candy to little ones, it's important to make sure you're not creating unnecessary security risks. After all, lots of people will be roaming through your neighborhood on Halloween night. You never know if burglars or vandals may be among them, staking out your home
Here are a few simple tips to keep you and your home safe.
Decide on a time to close & lock your doors. Most communities end their trick-or-treating by 8 or 9 p.m. After that, it's time to close and lock your doors. If you've already turned out the front light, then there's no reason to answer the door. To be extra safe, you may want to close and lock your door after every trick-or-treater. It only takes a second, but it's the only way to prevent bad guys from walking straight through your front door.
Keep other lights on. Just because you've turned off the front light at the end of the night doesn't mean your entire house should go dark. In fact, it's better to give the appearance that someone is home. Keep some lights on in your house. Also, use any lights in back of your home to make your yard well lit.
Close the garage. An open garage door on Halloween night is an invitation for theft and vandalism. Keep it closed and locked if you have a side door in the garage.
Going out? Don't make it obvious. Whether you're headed to a Halloween party or taking your child trick-or-treating, be sure that your house remains well lit. It's okay to keep the front light off if you don't want kids knocking on your door. Just be sure to leave some lights on inside the house. Don't forget to arm your Sonitrol Security System
Consider motion-sensor lights. If you don't already have motion-sensor lighting around your home, this is a good time to consider it. These lights can prevent burglars as well as pranksters, and it's more energy-efficient than keeping lights turned on all night.
Avoid open flames. Halloween home security isn't just about preventing burglary and vandalism. It's about safety. Don't make the mistake of using candles and other open-flame luminaries. They create a serious fire risk! Consider battery-powered votive candles and light sticks for your decorations instead.
Don't be afraid to report suspicious behavior.
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