Your Halloween Decorations and Your Security

pumpkin on porch

There are parts of Halloween that are supposed to be scary, like the grim reaper blow-up dolls, tombstones on front lawns, and candy that look like eyeballs. But then there are scary elements of this holiday that you don’t want, like threats to your home security. Criminals can get away with a lot around Halloween. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about wearing a mask, for example, so they can roam the streets unnoticed. People are also opening their doors for strangers otherwise known as trick or treaters. It is, inherently, a risky holiday in many ways, but if it’s one of your favorites, then you may be that house with the most jaw-dropping decorations. You can still be that house, but you should be aware of these ways your Halloween decorations can affect your home security.

Don’t let them obscure cameras

Make sure your decorations do not obscure your security cameras. Remember that fake cobwebs can hang over cameras, and blow-up displays that wave around can intermittently interrupt the view. After setting up your decorations, review the surveillance from all of your cameras to make sure they each have clear views.

Be cautious of motion sensor alarms

Remember that mobile decorations can set off motion sensor alarms. This will drive you, and your security company, a little mad. It can also put you in the mindset that you don’t need to worry when an alarm goes off—it’s just the decorations. That’s just the mindset burglars hope you’re in this time of year.

And motion sensor lights

Your decorations can also set off motion sensor lights. Do a test run of all of your equipment one night, and make sure none of it is tripping motion sensor technology.

Watch sound effect volume

The spooky sound effects of ghosts and goblins are festive, but they’re also distracting. If your sound effects are too loud then you won’t hear someone breaking into your home. Make sure the volume is still low enough that you’d notice an intrusion.

And types of sound effects

Choose your sound effects wisely. Creaking doors and smashing glass, for example, can be problematic—you won’t differentiate between your decorations, and someone actually opening a door.

Space them apart

Space your decorations out so that none sit in a cluster. A busy front yard of decorations gives an approaching burglar plenty of places to hide.

Keep them low

None of your decorations should be taller than a few feet. Tall ones also give burglars something to hide behind. Furthermore, if a figure as tall as a person is in your yard, you want that to catch your attention—but it won’t if you have plenty of decorations that fit that description.

Keep them away from the peephole

Make sure none of your decorations obscure the peephole in your front door. This is especially important during trick or treating season when you will, in fact, open the door for strangers. You want to confirm it’s just costumed kids on the other side.

Use battery-operated candles

If you want to use candles to set the spooky mood, stick to battery-operated ones rather than real, flame candles. Amongst all of the synthetic materials of decorations, fire can be a major hazard.

Check cords of old decorations

If you’ve been using the same decorations for years, it may be time to look them over. Check for frayed cords, and replace any that appear cracked or broken. An exposed electric wire is a fire hazard.

You want to get your screams and gasps from the creative costumes this year, and not from a security breach.

Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018