With Halloween 2018 on Wednesday 31st October many homeowners will be expecting ghosts, goblins, monsters, clowns and witches at their door over the next few days. With some schools on half-term holidays there’ll be plenty of trick or treaters prowling the streets. At this time of year it’s crucial you follow our recommended security tips to keep your family and property secure. Ten years of claims data from Aviva reveals a rise of 150% in damage claims to the home, with damage to cars and car thefts rising by 50% and 20% respectively in the week between Halloween and Bonfire Night (The Telegraph).
With clocks also going back on the weekend the risk of being burgled rises. After analysing thousands of customer claims since 2013, the insurance company Co-op found that home theft claims jump by 36 per cent in the five months after the clocks go back compared with the five months beforehand. Thefts from cars also increase by 6 per cent when British Summer Time ends according to the Co-op.
Many homeowners will be leaving their property unattended to attend Halloween parties, leaving their home and property susceptible to crime. It’s a time when you’ll receive more visitors to your door than any other time of the year, and when wearing a disguise is perfectly normal!
According to the Office of National Statistics there are many deterrents which have helped reduce property crime including:
5. Keep pets safe and secure – As you’ll be expecting many visitors to your door it’s important you keep pets and trick or treaters safe by keeping a dog on a leash or somewhere safe. Ensure cats are not scared by frequent visitors. You can even dress your pets up in a Halloween costume so they can join in. Make sure you save a treat for them.
6. Arm your security system – If you’re going out for a Halloween party or away for the school holidays ensure your security system is armed, and your security camera is set to alert you and record when it detects movement. If you’re on the other side of the world you can use your phone to change your wifi camera settings at any time.
7. Report suspicious behaviour – If you think someone is prowling around uninvited or if you detect suspicious behaviour don’t be afraid to report it. The police will have a busy night so ensure it’s worth their time before you dial 999.
Stay safe this Halloween from everyone at time2. We hope it’s full of treats and not as many tricks!
Added by @time2hq on 27th Oct 2017 in Security Cameras