Burglaries and malicious domestic damage increases by 160 per cent during the Halloween period, with Bonfire Night statistically the worst night of the year for burglaries and car theft, research has shown.
This is mainly down to opportunistic burglars who take advantage of the dark nights, fancy dress costumes, noise and distractions, and clearly highlights the importance of keeping your home protected.
If you want to enjoy the festivities safely, the security experts at Yale have shared some advice to help protect your home and treasured possessions this party season…
Doors and Windows
As obvious as it sounds, 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. Another useful tip is to utilise a spyhole or digital door viewer to see who is at the door, before opening to trick-or-treaters.
Home and Possessions
Alarm and CCTV systems are an excellent option for external security measures. In fact, research by police indicates that a property with a visible burglar alarm deters potential thieves and they are also effective at alerting neighbours in case of a break-in. Even though car theft is on the rise, 18% of individuals surveyed in a recent survey 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 or making off with your car.
Sheds and Outbuildings
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.
October sees the end of National Home Security Month (NHSM). This nationwide campaign aims to create awareness around the importance of home security. In the build up to Halloween and Bonfire Night you can find more tips, advice and products to protect your home by visiting http://www.homesecuritymonth.com/.