But it's also important to keep your home safe during the festivities.
Research by Aviva has revealed that burglaries and malicious domestic damage increases by 160% during the Halloween period, with Bonfire Night statistically the worst night of the year for burglaries and car theft.
If you want to enjoy the festivities safely, security experts at Yale have shared some advice to help protect your home and possessions this party season:
- To avoid being disturbed at all over Halloween, display a preventative 'No Trick or Treat' sign on your front door.
- Ensure doors and windows are locked securely, especially when going out for the evening. Utilise a spyhole or digital door viewer to see who is at the door, before opening to trick-or-treaters.
- Alarm and CCTV systems are an excellent option for external security measures. Research by Met Police indicates that a property with a visible burglar alarm deters potential thieves, and they are also effective at alerting neighbours in case of a break-in.
- To prevent any unsolicited 'tricks', invest in a letterplate restrictor to stop burglars hooking keys out from near your front door and entering your home or making off with your car.
- Many outbuildings contain sought-after valuable items, as well as ladders and tools that could prove useful for a burglar in order to gain access to your home. Heavy-duty padlocks, hasps and staples are recommended to secure your shed, and anchor locks and cables can be used to secure individual items, making it far more difficult for potential thieves to grab your possessions.
In the build-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night you can find more tips, advice and products to protect your home by visiting the Home Security Month website.
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