We all like to think that Halloween is reserved for nothing but fun for our youngsters (and the young at heart) but crime never takes and night off, even for Halloween. Criminals take advantage of opportunities like Halloween because most people are busy, preoccupied, and least expect to be the target of any crime. While busy events like Halloween leave the door wide open to crime, home automation can help keep the door of opportunity locked tight.
Even if the likelihood of a crime is low, if it happens to you it is 100%. That’s why Halloween is no time to let down your guard when it comes to protecting your family, friends, and property. Here are some easy ways you can use your home automation system to increase safety and deter crime.
Deter Halloween Pranks
One of the less fun aspects of the night is the increase in pranks. While the pranks may start off innocent, it can lead to more dangerous and costly vandalism such as egging homes and cars or smashing mailboxes. Reduce the likelihood of vandalism by increasing the likelihood of getting caught. Use home automation technologies and motion sensor outdoor lighting to keep the property well-lit and anyone near it in full-view.
Check Before You Open the Door
Halloween is one of the few times people open the door without question. It is easy to assume that everyone who comes to the door are just parents to rosy-cheeked children all decked out in their costumes, but that may not always be so. Before you open the door, check out that doorbell camera feed to be sure that all is safe.
Halloween presents many opportunities to criminals, and one of them is being able to get a closer view of your home and property without anyone drawing any attention while you are away taking kids out in the neighborhood. To increase home safety, simulate your presence by using home automation to turn on and off the lighting, music, and television. The possibility of someone being home increases the likelihood of getting caught, which decreases the attractiveness of your home as a target for crime.
Check in on Your Home
Using home automation, even if you are away from home on Halloween, you can still check in and make sure everything is as it should be on the home front. Just tap into your app and the surveillance footage, and you can stay in the know.
Whether you want to enhance the security of your home or business or integrate home automation, HS Tech Group has the knowledge and skill to deliver the most advanced technologies with the utmost dedication to customer service. Call us today with your questions. We are happy to help.