Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year for many. If you are a homeowner, however, you may be less than excited about the prospect of opening your doors to strangers. It isn’t just trick-or-treaters after your sweets that you have to worry about, though: property vandalism rises by 160% on Halloween alone. It’s little wonder that October has become National Home Security Month.

So no matter how you feel about All Hallow’s Eve, it’s imperative that you make sure your home security is as good as it can be as the nights get darker and the streets resemble Michael Jackson’s Thriller video for one night only. Whether you plan to be in or out of the house on Halloween, ensure that you have an up to date burglar alarm system, and that it is activated throughout the evening. A visible alarm outside your home can be a major deterrent against burglary and theft.

Here are a few more tips we can suggest to make sure your October doesn’t end on a completely ghastly note.

What to do if you will be home for Halloween

If you are planning to stay home for Halloween, you should work out whether or not you plan to open your door to trick-or-treaters. If you do decide to cater for costumed kids pleading for sweets, make sure to choose a cut-off time and not answer the door afterwards. Video entry systems or spyholes in the door itself are worth considering, if you do not already have these measures in your home.

One poll released last year showed that the biggest rush on trick or treaters is between 6 and 8pm, so consider switching off some of your lights after this point in order to avoid any unwanted visitors. Speak with your neighbours about their plans, and coordinate your arrangements with other houses on your block.

If you’re out for the night

Should you be out of the house on the 31st, you should be considerate of the home security measures you put in place before you leave. Although there isn’t much more you need to do in addition to your usual security routine, bear in mind that Halloween isn’t quite the same as any other night as far as the safety of your property goes.

Before you leave the house, be certain that your garage and sheds are locked securely with padlocks, as well as your windows and doors. You should also consider leaving your car in the garage for the night if you aren’t driving, and locking any loose equipment or ornaments inside for the evening. Check that any motion sensor lighting you might have in your front garden is fully operational and, if you have CCTV installed, double check that the cameras are angled correctly.

If you are still uncertain about what security measures you should take to ensure a happy, but safe, Halloween, get in touch with us today for a free security survey.