Our previous blog was about protecting and keeping your children safe on Halloween. There is something else you need to keep safe as well – your home. Whether you stay home to hand-out candy or join your kids in the neighborhood, you still need to take steps to keep you home out of harm’s way as much as you can. It is unfortunate that property crime increases on Halloween, but you can still try to decreases the incidences.
Start by reviewing your insurance. You want to make sure you are covered in the event of vandalism or burglary – the two mist popular crimes on Halloween. If something happens, you will want that policy to be updated well in advance. You also want to review your car insurance policy. If you park your car outside, it is worth it to make sure you are protected from vandalism to your vehicle.
Don’t turn-off all your lights. Some people do this to let other know they aren’t handing out candy. Other do it when they leave to take the kids out. Either way, leave a light and television on to make people think someone is home. A couple of rings of the doorbell might be annoying, but not as much as a break-in would be. Yes – break-ins happen all the time on Halloween, because there are so many people walking around that hardly anyone notices what is going on. KEEP LIGHTS ON!
Stay off of social media. Announcing where you will be and when gives criminals the perfect opportunity to find you or your empty home.
We hope you have a safe and happy night!