How to Keep Your Home Safe in Des Moines this Halloween

With Halloween only a couple weeks away, it is important to know what measures you can take to ensure your home and family remain safe from things that go bump in the night. It takes less than 60 seconds for a burglar to break into your house, but there are ways to keep your home from becoming a target. Whether you are planning a quiet night in or going out on the town, these tips will help deter criminals and keep your home and your family safe.

Lock all windows and doors—even if you’re at home

Although this may sound like an obvious tip, 30% of burglars enter homes without using force, meaning they simply walked or crawled through an open door or window. You may want to avoid installing doggy doors as well, since their convenience isn’t worth the risk of allowing potential burglars an extra access point. Don’t make it easier for criminals to enter your home by leaving windows open in rooms nobody is in or by forgetting to lock the deadbolt. Even if you will be opening your door frequently to greet trick-or-treaters, locking it each time will keep your home and your family much safer.

Invest in a security system…and remember to set the alarm

Home security systems are a major deterrent for would-be robbers, with 90% of convicted burglars admitting that they would avoid or abandon houses with a security system if they encountered one. While having security decals or yard signs informing potential criminals your home has a security system is often enough to prevent your home from being targeted, it is important to remember to arm the system when you are away so the authorities and you can be notified should someone attempt to break in.

Did you know that a home is three times more likely to be burglarized without an alarm system than those with one? If you have been trying to decide on a security system for your home, let Strauss Security Solutions help. We offer a wide range of features to accommodate all your needs. Some of our features include home burglary alarms, fire and carbon monoxide detectors, access control systems, and surveillance cameras that you can check right from your smartphone!

Leave the lights on

It’s important to have both the inside and outside of your home well lit, especially if you are away for an evening of trick-or-treating. Lighting discourages burglars as well as vandals, so make sure to turn on the porch light and any lights visible from the windows. Additionally, lights with motion sensors are effective at not only frightening away criminals but also informing you if there is any outdoor movement close to your house while you are at home. Asking a trustworthy neighbor to keep an eye on your home is also a good idea when you plan on being away.

Make sure the lawn is well kept

Burglars and vandals like to hide in overgrown bushes, plants, and trees. The cleaner your lawn is, the fewer places these criminals will have to hide. Maintaining your lawn is also a good indicator that your home is inhabited frequently, thereby discouraging those who may try to break in. Plus, keeping your lawn clean is a good way to prevent friendly trick-or-treaters from tripping and getting injured on your property when they come up to your door for some candy.

Avoid announcing your departure on social media

Criminals are becoming more active on social media sites, scoping out which homes will be easy targets while the homeowners are away. You do not want to give any ill-intentioned people free information about your whereabouts or when you plan to be away from home. This principle should be applied for extended vacations or even on one night, such as Halloween. So feel free to take as many pictures of your kids in their costumes as you like, but refrain from posting them until after Halloween.

Use battery-operated lights for jack-o-lanterns

Candles used to make pumpkins more festive are fire hazards, potentially endangering your home and young trick-or-treaters who come to your doorstep. Try using battery-operated candles for your jack-o-lanterns instead; that way, you won’t have to worry about remembering to blow out the candles before you leave or turn in for the night.

If you would like more tips to keep your home and family safe, please visit us on Facebook or Twitter. From Strauss Security Solutions, have a safe and fun Halloween!

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