Halloween is about candy, costumes, and fun, but here are some Halloween statistics that are downright spooky:
The takeaway is clear: your home, vehicle, and property are all at higher risk for theft and crime on the 31st than they usually are. In order to keep everything safe, follow the Halloween safety tips below.
Carefully-placed lighting makes it easier to see those who approach your home. Well-lit walkways are also important for ensuring little ones get to and from your home safely. Motion-activated lights are a good idea, as they save money on utilities and startle would-be intruders.
Many homeowners believe that they won’t fall victim to theft or burglary because they are sitting on their front porch. While this may be true, don’t neglect other openings an opportunistic thief might take advantage of.
If you plan to take your little ones out scouring for candy, leave your lights on inside (and maybe even a TV) to make it seem like someone is home. One good security measure that can benefit you year-round is installing lights on a timer, so they will turn on and off as if someone is moving through the house.
Setting up camp in a well-lit garage or driveway reduces the amount of obstacles a trick-or-treater needs to overcome to reach candy, and also keeps visitors far away from your property. Finally, welcoming visitors from the garage gives you a wide view of everyone who stops by.
If your children are old enough to go trick-or-treating alone, remind them to stay together in a group; stick to sidewalks and paths whenever possible; and never, ever enter anyone’s home for any reason.
While these tips are handy for those who don’t want to spend too much money, they don’t provide a fraction of the security provided by surveillance cameras, automatic gates, fences, and access controls. Since Charlotte is as dangerous as any other big city, you may want to take this time to consider securing your property year-round. If you’re interested in installing access controls in Charlotte NC, call James Access Controls today to learn more.