Do you know what time of year it is?
That’s right, Halloween is just around the corner and that means you need to be prepared for scary strangers coming onto your property. Most trick or treaters are harmless. What you need to be wary of is the vandals, the pranksters and the criminals.
In this post we give you 10 tips for protecting your home on Halloween.
1. Have an objective
Before Halloween gets here you need to decide what your objective is. Are you prepared to stock up in candy and embrace the spirit of Halloween? Or are you going to lock yourself inside your house with the lights out and ignore the knocks at the door?
Don’t be that guy or girl who answers the door without any candy in the house. That’s a sure way to annoy trick or treaters and open your house up to vandalism. Stock up or lock down.
2. Hide your car
Cars are an easy target for Halloween hooligans. Eggs, whipped cream and toilet paper are often used on cars which is hysterical for everyone involved except you.
If you don’t have a garage or cannot hide your car, you can try decorating your car with halloween decorations. Similar to how graffiti artists won’t graffiti a painted wall drawing, trick or treaters won’t vandalise a car that embraces the halloween spirit.
3. Bring your pets inside
Your pet might get freaked out by lots of visitors in scary outfits and attack trick or treaters. That’s a sure way to land yourself a law suit. If you’re not going to be home and you have a guard dog, then make sure you warn unsuspecting trick or treaters with a sign like the one below.
On the other hand, if your pet is overly-friendly it could become the trick or treaters new mascot.
4. Don’t leave loose items lying around
Don’t leave loose items laying around. A loose item is anything that’s not secured to the ground. Think garden gnomes, shovels, rakes and similar items that may a) harm visitors b) get stolen or c) be used against you to break in.
5. Show trick or treaters the way
If how to get to your front door is not immediately obvious to visitors you may need to lead the way with signs or decorations. Maybe you use the side door as your main door. Don’t assume visitors know this. Lead the way.
6. Light up your yard
The last thing you want is a trick or treater falling over in your yard, injuring themselves and suing you. Make sure the yard is well lit and easy to navigate.
It goes without saying that criminals will always choose a dark yard over a well lit yard.
If law suits are not scary enough, then dark yards allow trick or treaters to hide and scare the living daylights out of you!
7. Have candy handy
One of the worst things you can do is leave your front door unattended while you go inside to fetch candy. It’s best to keep your stock of candy close to the front door for quick easy access.
8. Monitor your front door
Use our app to monitor your front door from your smartphone. That way you can see a live view before opening your door. In addition you can capture all of the night’s events.
This is especially useful if you’re going away for Halloween. You can see who turns up to your front door and what they get up to. Want to get alerts when someone approaches your front door? Check out Cammy Home Alarm.
9. Go easy on the candles
Candles and pumpkin heads look great on Halloween but make sure they’re out of reach from visitors. Open flames and highly flammable Halloween costumes don’t mix well.
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10. Be vigilant
Halloween costumes make for great disguises. You never really know who is under the mask at your front door. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before unlocking your door to verify the scary folks in front of you are not sinister.
Halloween should be fun (and a little scary). Unfortunately there are some people who choose to hijack this event for the purpose of evil. Don’t let Halloween turn into a nightmare. Do:
Have an objective and stick to it.
Hide your car and pets.
Make sure your yard is well lit and easy to navigate.
Have candy at the front door.
Go easy on the candles.
Stay vigilant and monitor you home with Cammy Home Alarm.
Happy Halloween! Ooha ooha ooha ha ha