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Have A Hell Of A Halloween For All The Right Reasons


The spooky season is upon us again but unfortunately it’s more than just ghost and ghouls you need to look out for, as statistics show a 26% increase in burglaries between Halloween and Bonfire Night. 

To enjoy the seasonal festivities, security specialist Yale has a few tips you can follow. 

If you don’t want to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween, display a copy of a ‘No Trick Or Treat’ poster on your front door. These are available from most local police constabularies and are an effective way to stop people coming to your door. 

Another important tip to remember is not to open the door to just anyone – especially if they are dressed as a monster! Instead look through a ‘spy hole’ or a digital door viewer and enable the door chain before swinging it open. Only release the chain if you are satisfied that the person at the door is who they say they are and have identification to prove why they are at your front door. Basically, if you are unsure, keep them out. 

Another effective way of securing your home against sinister tricksters is to invest in a letterplate restrictor. Yale’s letterplate restrictor prevents theft by reducing the opening of the letterplate to stop would-be criminals from inserting tools in an attempt to retrieve possessions from the home. 

It’s becoming more and more common for thieves to ‘fish’ out keys through a letterplate to gain access to a property or vehicle. This type of crime is better known as ‘key fishing’ and is a growing threat. With a restrictor, letterplates can be adjusted from full closure to part restriction or full opening, depending whether you’re at home or away. They are also really useful to prevent vandalism as they stop nasty ‘tricks’, fireworks or unsolicited door drops being pushed through your front door. 

Who’s for a spot of trick or treating?

For families with little ones (or bigger ones for that matter), Yale also has a few golden rules on how to enjoy trick or treating safely… 

If your child is going out as a wicked witch or scary skeleton make sure they are wearing some reflective clothing or have reflective tape on their costumes, so that oncoming traffic can see them well in advance. It is also important to carry a torch, stick to main roads and be aware of road safety at all times. 

For best practice, make sure your children go out in a group, preferably accompanied by an adult. For older children who ‘won’t be seen with mum and dad’ encourage them to carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies. 



Bonfires and sparklers

Statistically Bonfire Night is the worst night of the year for break-ins, with a 28% increase in burglary claims compared with the rest of the year. 

The irresistible combination of dark nights, noise and distractions presents the perfect opportunity for criminals to strike. 

People are often out and about at firework displays or bonfires parties, so criminals are able to work under the cover of darkness – without people being suspicious of noises, such as smashing glass. 

To enjoy all bonfire night has to offer, make sure all your windows and doors are locked and secured before leaving the house, and set your home alarm. 

Research shows that 60% of burglaries carried out on homes fitted with a burglar alarm are unsuccessful and that many thieves are put off from targeting a house that has an alarm. 

For added security if you are walking around after dark carry a personal attack alarm for peace of mind.   

For more details on any of the Yale products featured please visit www.yale.co.uk

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56 comments

  1. So sad that you now have to be so careful whether you leave the house or not....!!! suppose its the world we live in...

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  2. Any change they can take they will :[

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  3. That's all a bit scary. Thankfully we've not experienced any of those problems but it's good to be aware.

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  4. This really opened my eyes i never knew there was a larger risk on Halloween

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  5. we are really lucky living on a small island in Scotland, there's very little crime, almost no housebreaking but I still lock the door when I go out

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  6. Very informative.Thanks.

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  7. Thankfully I hide indoors when it's Bonfire night. I'm not a fan of fireworks so I stay in and comfort the cats. This year I am thinking of going to one though cause it may start my labour haha!

    Thanks for the tips xx

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  8. Good information- thanks for posting!

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  9. Those stats in the picture unfortunately also seem to be true of France as well. We have a second home there and have experienced problems which pretty much fit exactly in terms of when they happened. France may not have bonfire night but really its about the dark nights coming back.

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  10. Great info thanks...Halloween can be a very scary time in more ways than the obvious ;)

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  11. I like the dark winter nights, but it is scary to hear that crime is on the up once it gets dark earlier

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  12. Shame that this is a reflection of the world we live in

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  13. my tiny puggle is scary enough to scare away any bad guys!

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  14. Such a shame to hear this goes on but at the same time makes you more aware that it does. Great article.

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  15. really good advise, it's sad we have to be so careful these days though thanks for sharing this with us will definately be using some

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  16. wow. where i live is terrible for stuff like this!

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  17. Scary indeed, thanks for the tips!

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  18. fab info, i always make sure my house is secure, even in the day, can never be too carefull xx

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  19. Great information, we have a Yale alarm, and its great, easy to use and they are a good company. Fab for piece of mind xx

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  20. Thanks for the tips, can never be too careful

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  21. thank you , you forget these things if you got up in all the festivities

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  22. Thanks for the tips - its so scary out there but good to know we can do little things to help!

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  23. My granny's house was broken into a few weeks ago, luckily she was out at the time. It seems to be rife in her area, and its disgusting that they seem to be targeting the older generation. Keep safe everyone and report anything suspicious, no matter how small it may seem x

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  24. Thank you for this very useful information and tips! It's all to easy to let your guard down when you are having fun!

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  25. Blimey! It's a scary world we live in

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  26. wow! never knew the risk was between 4&7pm! Very interesting!

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  27. extremely useful!

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  28. Thanks for the information. It is good to be aware.

    Rachel Craig

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  29. Thanks for the information

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  30. Good info to have - thank you!

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  31. Great tips! some interesting info!

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  32. Love the posts, very informative xx

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  33. I didn't know Bonfire night was the worst for burglaries, isn't it sad :( Funny to think to that at any other time of the year other than Halloween you would never open the door to someone in a frightening mask!

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  34. Really useful tips, will be more security conscious after reading this Thankyou

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  35. Lots of food for thought. Great post

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  36. It's a shame that such a great celebrations have such an awful statistics.

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  37. some useful safety reminders here

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  38. We were burgled this time last year and as the nights are drawing in, I feel a little nervous coming home in the dark again, we are extra vigilant now a days! Thanks for your useful info

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  39. Great post, very good advice

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  40. thanks for yoiur good advice

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