It’s fast approaching Trick or Treat season, but don’t be fooled into thinking you are safe from burglars. Whilst Halloween can be fun, failing to secure your home or property can have nightmarish consequences.
Recent research highlighted by National Home Security Month shows a 25% spike in home burglaries during the darker days of winter. This initiative was set up to highlight this growing trend, to make consumers more aware of the risks, and actions that can be implemented to reduce a homeowner’s chance of being targeted by thieves.
Did you know Halloween and Bonfire Night are statistically the worst days for burglaries, with the latter having a 21% increase in claims?
Below are five tips to make sure you aren’t a victim of burglary in the next few months.
Trick or Treat
Will you be off to watch the fireworks or taking your children trick or treating? Remember to lock your doors and shut your windows, even if you are just popping out momentarily. The darkness, costumes and loud bangs of fireworks are perfect cover for thieves.
Ensure the exterior of your house is well lit. The bright lights will deter any burglars, as there’s nowhere to hide.
Don’t be distracted by ghoulish and scary masks, use the peephole to screen visitors and ask who they are. If you are concerned, or just don’t recognise them, there's no need to answer or open the door.
Safe and Secure
Use cables and padlocks to secure your bikes or shed. Make sure that all valuables are kept hidden and that your car is locked.
Be Smart about Security
Utilising smart home security measures can work wonders in deterring burglars, but also, in the unlikely event you are burgled, the footage can be used as evidence. You can schedule your cameras via the app on your smartphone to arm and disarm when you know your home is vacant. There are many home security options, such as a Blink smart home security camera.
With these tips you can be safe in the knowledge your home is secure, without worrying about these tricks.
We’ll soon be announcing the Blink XT Outdoor camera, a perfect addition to your existing Blink indoor smart home security and monitoring system. Look out for the latest updates via Twitter and Facebook.