As Halloween approaches, you want to protect your home and businesses from annual pranksters. You also want to ensure that children going door to door will not be at risk of any type of injury. By taking a few simple precautions, you can have peace of mind that you’ve reduced the potential for any nonsense on your property.
Start preparing now so that you will be able to enjoy the night when the children are out and about in their costumes. When the next day arrives, your business and home should be in good shape.
Make Sure Everything is Well-Lit
Once of the simplest things you can do to get ready for Halloween is to make sure you have plenty of lighting. Motion activated lights are one of the best purchases you can make, ensuring your property will be illuminated every time anyone comes near. Place lights in the front and the back to deter anyone who might have vandalism in mind.
Even if you are not handing out candy, you should still make your presence known. Make sure the pathway to your door is well lit also. You can place battery-operated candles in paper bags to get in the spirit for the evening or line the path with outdoor lights.
Put Everything Away
Don’t leave anything lying about on All Hallows Eve. Your car should be in the garage. Store any outdoor furniture to make sure there is no temptation to do damage. If you have children, put away any toys that have been left in the yard. You don’t want to leave any opportunities for neighborhood pranksters to get in trouble on your property.
Make Sure the Premises are Secure
Before darkness falls, check that all of your doors and windows are securely locked at your home or your place of business. If you have a security system, display a prominent sign that informs others your house is under surveillance. Security cameras are an excellent insurance policy that can give you an added sense of protection. You can even post dummy cameras by your doors to make Halloween vandals think that they are being watched.
Keep a close watch for any suspicious activity on Halloween night. Don’t involve yourself in any altercations. If you see someone out and about after trick or treating is over, contact the authorities. If you have a neighborhood watch group, Halloween night is a good night to have a large showing of support as a group travels through your neighborhood together. You can hand out treats along the way, making a presence at the same time so that there is no trouble on this night of fun.