How To Protect Your Home From Halloween Mischief, Pranks & Vandalism
Mischief In Upper Darby, PA – More Tricks Than Treats
October is the National Crime Prevention Month, and rightly so as Halloween often brings more tricks than treats in a high volume of property damage claims for vandalism-theft occurrence in Bear, DE.
While the cleanup from mischievous tricksters who use this night to egg and toilet paper the homes of their neighbors can be stressful and un-enjoyable to clean up, there are also many other vandalism occurrences that are costly as well. Your odds for experiencing unwelcome graffiti on your garage door, broken windows, a smashed mailbox and even theft also increase on October 31 each year.
There are some things you can do to lower your risk of becoming a target. Make sure to protect yourself and your property by following these simple steps.
Tips To Keep You And Your Property Safe This Halloween
1. Keep Your Property Well Lit – Inside & Out!
Many homeowners turn off their porch lights as well as interior and exterior lights when they don’t wish to participate in the annual Halloween trick-or-treating routine. Most crimes are committed under the guise of darkness. Even if you leave your porch light off, make sure your property itself is well-lit to deter vandals.
2. Park Your Car Inside Your Garage And Away From Tick-or-Treat Traffic
Vandals often cruise by looking for easy targets. Your car is the easiest target for an egging. Take it out of the equation and make sure it’s not vulnerable to passers-by.
3. Keep All Of Your Doors & Windows, Front And Back, Securely Locked At All Times
Burglars often sneak into homes through the unlocked back door or side window, while homeowners are busy handing out candy in the front. Be sure your Delaware County, PA home is tightly sealed up.
4. Hand Out Candy From The End Of Your Driveway Instead Of Your Front Door
You can keep a closer watch over trick or treaters from the street and keep their focus off your home.
5. Leave Your Lights On!
Even after the Halloween festivities are over and trick-or-treaters have gone home for the night, your property remains vulnerable to the late-night older crowd and more serious vandals. It’s recommended you leave your lights on to continue to serve as a deterrent. Vandals and burglars are more likely to target a dark home on Halloween night in particular.
6. Bring Your Jack O’ Lantern In
Smashing pumpkins is a prankster’s go-to, but if you blow out the candles and bring yours inside before closing up for the night, you won’t wake to broken pumpkin guts all over your sidewalk.
7. Clean Any Act Of Vandalism As Quickly As Possible
If you are the victim of vandalism, it is essential to remove the damage as quickly as possible, not just for you own peace of mind, but to discourage future acts of destruction (vandals love to see their work stay on display).
Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA. Our Restoration Professionals will restore your property quickly and make Halloween vandalism “Like it never even happened”
About SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle
SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA provides these Halloween safety tips so you can have a safe and fun Halloween. If during the holiday season your home is harmed by vandalism, water damage, fire damage, or damage from a late season storm, call on us to start the cleanup process. We are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.
SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewage backups, floods, fires, mold infestations, and other events happen.
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