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Home security at Halloween

Trick or treating offers perfect cover for burglars

If you read this blog regularly you will know that this time of year, when the clocks go back and darker nights come, is peak burglary season (hence National Home Security Month taking place in October). Burglaries rise by around 20% at this time of year and the 2 key dates that traditionally see the highest number of break ins are Halloween and Bonfire Night. That’s why it’s always good to take stock of your security procedures today.

Why do burglaries increase at Halloween?

Burglaries go up at Halloween for a number of reasons: the clocks have only just gone back so we’re all still getting used to the darker evenings; the weather tends to still be quite mild so many of us are still leaving windows open (the combination of an open window and darkness is like a gift for a burglar); and of course, trick or treating provides perfect cover, whether due to distraction, being out yourself or the increased activity in the streets.

How can you ensure that your home is secure at Halloween?

There are, of course, plenty of things you can do to make sure Halloween passes without incident (at least a burglary-related one anyway!). Follow these tips to stay secure:

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Halloween is obviously meant to be a fun occasion so we really hope that the only issues you have are running out of sweets or persuading your children they shouldn’t eat their whole stash in one night! Follow these tips and you should be fine.