Don’t get spooked this Halloween by unwanted visitors. Use the following tips to ward off suspicious guests and protect your home.
1. Keep Your Home Well Lit : Show your spirit and let people know you’re around by decking out your place with lights. Not into Halloween? Consider motion-detected flood lights to ward off unwanted guests.
2. Arm Your Security System : Seems like a given, right? Even if you have pets, you can set your alarm system to protect your home.
3. Park Your Car in the Garage: If you have a garage, keep your car parked in there instead of the driveway. Don’t let it be a target.
4. Know Your Area’s Trick-or-Treat Hours: Depending on your community, trick or treating usually ends between 8 and 9 PM. Know these hours before Halloween, and don’t answer your door late at night.
5. Make Sure Your Doors and Windows are Locked: Another simple one, right? Its the little things.
6. Confine or Comfort Your Pets: With crowds of new and unfamiliar people approaching your house, its best to make sure your pet is safely confined to a certain area, or with someone they know. Make sure to bring them inside at night.
7. Neighborhood Watch: If your concerned about vandalism, chances are, so are your neighboors. Consider putting together a neighborhood watch team and assign times for different people to simply walk around the neighborhood and be seen. This is often enough to deter crime.
8. Don’t be afraid to report suspicious behavior. On Halloween night, it’s easy to dismiss suspicious behavior as “just kids” – but that may not actually be the case. Call your local police department (or 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency) if you see anything that looks unusual or illegal.
9. Make Sure You Can Monitor Your Cameras: If you’re going to be away, be sure to have remote view up and running on your mobile device so that you can keep an eye on your place.
10. If you’re Going Out, Don’t make it Obvious: Leave some lights on, but set your security system. An empty home is a great target for burglaries and vandalism.