Although we covered some Halloween & Bonfire Night home safety tips in our Autumn Home Security blog post, there’s a lot more that can be said when it comes to security during Mischief Week (which runs from around 30th October to the 6th November). As it’s Halloween today, we thought we’d give you a rundown of some spooky facts, along with some top preventative tips, which can help you stay safe and secure this week and beyond.
The majority of trick or treaters are children collecting sweets and enjoying a rare evening out in the dark. Most are harmless – they simply want to dress up as something scary and get some free candy – but there are some who are out to cause trouble. Your home is a bit of a free-for-all during Halloween, especially if you live in a residential area with lots of families. Many people out in the dark, knocking on doors and walking on private property is seen as normal behaviour on the 31st October; the perfect cover for property vandalism.
Thefts from outbuildings, smashed windows and damage to cars are all common crimes at this time of year. It’s thought that the lack of light so early in the day provides a good cover for criminals (the sun sets at about 4:30pm on 31st Oct), as well as the fact that wearing a full costume wouldn’t be seen as unusual.
Twin the cover of darkness with the fact that many families are out of the home on both Halloween and Bonfire Night, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a successful burglary. Even if you feel that your home is safe, it’s still worth taking precautions around this time of year. The majority of burglaries are opportunistic, so if a thief believes you may not be at home and they can see a weak spot, you could become a victim.
The dramatic rise in burglaries over Mischief Week means that this is the perfect time to look at your overall level of home security. Where could a thief gain entry? Are there blind spots where they could hide whilst damaging your property in order to get in? What do the crime statistics look like in your area? These are all things you should consider before heading out to enjoy the celebrations.
Over 5million British households have suffered damage during Mischief Week in the past, which is a huge number of homes. The most common damage comes from eggs being thrown at windows and garden plants, fences and ornaments being removed. Although there’s no sure fire way to prevent anti-social behaviour during this time of year, it’s still important to do what you can in order to make your home look unappealing to vandals and thieves.