Happy Halloween! It’s that time of the year again, where the costumes come out and the treats are enjoyed.
Although this day brings a lot of fun for most, it also brings heightened security risks. Pranks, trespassers and thieves can make an enjoyable time scary in the worst way!
Protect Your Home
Adjust your security camera settings: If you have security cameras at home or at work, you may want to adjust the areas that they are focused on. For instance, you might want to keep cameras on the doors and windows, but you also might want to have a focus on the streets around your house too. In the event that pranks are pulled, CCTV video can pick up clear recognition.
Tip: A great feature to include in your security system plan is outdoor perimeter and area protection.
Make use of your timers: If you have timers on your lights, take care to have specific rooms light up every now and then. For instance, leave the kitchen light and television on, but use a timer to light up the dining room from time to time to imply that people are in the house.
Arm your security system: There is much excitement as you leave the house to enjoy Halloween plans may make us forget to take simple safety precautions. Make sure to arm your alarm systems, lock your doors and lock all windows before you leave.
Protect Your Business
Inspect all exterior lighting prior to Halloween; repair or replace where required.
Make an early deposit to reduce cash levels on hand during the evening.
Do not permit customers to wear face-covering masks in your business, post signs indicating mask must be removed prior to entering.
Ensure your video and security equipment is operational.
If you have had a history of problems you should photograph your business prior to October 31st, this will assist in identifying vandalism that occurs on Halloween and could be useful for police or your insurance company.
Report suspicious activity to security personnel.
If someone is making you uncomfortable, you have the right to ask them to leave; if they do not leave call security or police.
If you are in a new location and not familiar with the history, contact your local police for historical data.
Halloween is the one time of year when strangers wander your neighborhoods wearing masks, not drawing attention to the fact that their identity is hidden. You don’t want your business or personal space to fall victim to a crime, so protect yourselves tonight before you head out to gather treats!