Safeguarding your house is important over the Halloween holiday. Each year, many home owners have lots of damage done to their property by pranksters, during Halloween. Across the country, millions of dollars of damage is done, not to mention the time and effort to clean up the mess. Halloween is the one holiday that brings out the worst in some adolescents. Some areas of the country are worst than others.
What is bad, is when a home owner puts a lot of effort into decorating his home for the holiday and then have it damaged. This article gives some tips and considerations for safeguarding your home, during Halloween.
Safeguarding Your House Tips
1. Give good treats. Some pranksters pull jokes out of spite for bad treats. Be a friendly person that looks like they enjoy visitors at Halloween. This carries over to the treats you give out.
2. Light up everything. Pranksters don’t want to be caught. They tend to stay out of sight. Property that is well lighted have a smaller chance of getting hit.
3. Meet your guests outside. If the weather is nice, sit on the front porch or front yard and greet your guests there. A physical presence keeps pranksters away.
4. Use your dog. You don’t want to bite or harm anyone. However, a well tied up dog can do wonders keeping people out of your backyard.
5. Make your home look vacant. This is opposite of the well lighted theory above. An inconspicuous house won’t attract pranksters. Turn out the lights, park your car in the garage or down the street and place a “For Sale” sign in the front yard for the night. Pranksters usually go after homes that are challenging to them. Vacant appearing homes are no challenge.
6. Work on damage control. Don’t leave things sitting outside to be damaged. Put things away before Halloween arrives. Yard ornaments, benches, tables and extra large pumpkins. Eliminate the temptation.
7. Trick the pranksters. Download a police siren and get a small flashing red light. Locate them away from the front door area and only use them when you are being prank ed. It takes some work. However, with some practice, you might get some good results.
Don’t sweat the little stuff.
You can expect soap and toilet paper tricks. A good rain will help take care of that. Don’t go climbing trees to get the paper down. Use regular window cleaner to remove the soap from windows on your home or vehicle.
If your home gets egged, get it off immediately. I still have an egg stain on white siding, from 8 years ago. Water balloons are no problem. Just pick up the broken balloons.
Finally, don’t give individuals a reason to attack your property. If you have major damage, call the authorities. Notify the insurance company as soon as possible.