The nights are drawing in, there’s magic and mischief in the air, and it’s the time of year when all the ghosts and ghouls from around your neighbourhood come out to play.
It can mean only one thing… Halloween is almost upon us.
While many children and their families get into the spooky spirit by dressing up and heading out to Trick or Treat or scare their friends, for some, Halloween can be a scary time of year for a different reason.
Figures show that in the UK, domestic burglaries increase by around 45% on Halloween. In part, that’s down to the increase in homes lying empty as their occupants attend parties or hit the streets. It’s also down to the fact that around 40% of UK residents don’t check to make sure their windows are locked, and 29% don’t check their doors before heading out.
These are basic security errors which make it easier for intruders to access your property. The result can be a real Halloween horror show.
The effects of a home burglary can be devastating. Not only will it cost time and money to put right, but you might lose high-value or irreplaceable personal items which mean more to you than just money.
Furthermore, the feeling of knowing a stranger has been in your house uninvited and rifled through your personal belongings can leave you feeling uneasy and unsafe in your own home.
This is something that no homeowner should ever feel.
So, if you are gearing up for some spooky fun this Halloween, but want to be sure that your home and belongings are safe and secure, then read on for our top tips on boosting your home security.
Locks and doors
As we always say, prevention is better than cure.
It’s easier to prevent a break-in from taking place than to put it right should the worst happen.
As we alluded to above, a vast number of domestic thefts occur because the intruder could walk in through an unlocked door or gain access through an open window.
So, before you head out this Halloween, make sure you double-check that all your locks are working correctly and that you have locked them all when you leave.
This is also a good idea if you are home alone and worried about what might be lurking outside in the shadows. It is Halloween, after all!
If you live in an area that is dark or isn’t lit up very well, then adding exterior security lighting to your property can create an excellent visual deterrent.
It will make any potential trick or treaters think twice about pranking your property if they are all lit up like a Jack o’Lantern.
Similarly, suppose you have good exterior lighting. In that case, especially if it is motion-activated, it might make people think twice about breaking in, as it will increase their chances of getting caught.
So, before Halloween arrives, check your lighting is working correctly and replace any non-functioning bulbs.
Smart home alarm systems are more affordable than ever and can provide an excellent layer of extra protection to your home.
As well as providing good basic protection, they can be enhanced or expanded to include integrated CCTV for additional peace of mind.
If you’ve already got one, it’s always worth checking in advance to make sure it is working and recording properly. And if you would like to enquire about getting one installed in time for the big day, give us a call without delay.
As we’ve said above, a smart home alarm system is one of the best ways of enhancing your home security.
They provide an excellent visual deterrent to anyone thinking of breaking in. You can also get your home alarm system monitored by a security company so that in the event of a break-in, there will be a rapid response by a security guard, increasing the chances of detection.
Window and door security
Installing stronger window and door locks will make it harder for intruders to break in or do damage.
Window grilles can be installed over some of the most vulnerable access points to your home to make them more secure.
New wrought iron gates, meanwhile, are lockable which can help keep any unwanted door knockers at bay.
If you have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or something similar where you live, it’s always worth taking part. Your neighbours will be able to keep you informed of any suspicious-looking activity in your street, and you can also let them know if you see anything untoward.
Even if you don’t have a formal scheme in place, asking a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house if you are going out is advisable, so they can let you know straight away of any problems.
Security solutions from a Master Locksmith in Nottingham
When it comes to home security, taking care of the basics can go a long way. At this time of year, you may be worrying more than usual about how to keep your home and your belongings secure.
At Grays Locksmiths, we’re here to help.
We’ve been providing trusted locksmith services to the people of Nottinghamshire for more than 30 years.
We are an accredited member of the Master Locksmiths Association and are dedicated to helping all our customers keep their homes, families and belongings safe.
With years of expertise and industry knowledge, all our advice is aimed at making sure you are getting the best security solutions on the market.
So, if you are looking to ensure that Halloween doesn’t turn into a horror show, give us a call on 0115 942 2315 or email email@example.com.