Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night
Halloween is considered as one of, if not the worst day of the year for deliberate acts of vandalism. Insurance reports from previous years show home damage claims rise by 150% between Halloween and Bonfire night, while burglaries increase by 26% compared to the weekly average for the rest of the year. Not only is it a suitable time for homeowners and businesses to revise their current security systems, but also take further measures could enhance property protection like signing up with a professional keyholding company. We have put together some services that CMS keyholding can provide to help prevent break-ins and vandalism over Halloween and Guy Fawkes night. At his time of year, there is an increase in false alarm and CCTV activations, which is often due to fireworks setting off alarm sensors; normally vibration sensors installed on windows. Group of excitable ‘trick or treaters’ spend their Halloween pelting eggs, using party string sprays and letting off fire crackers; actions that can also set off alarm activations. If you are not at the property on these nights, you can arrange for a professional Keyholder to check and secure the premises. On Halloween, it’s expected for your property to receive visitors, fully dressed up and often unidentifiable. This presents potential burglars with the opportunity to get a closer look at your property and identify areas of easy access to break-in an entry. If you are not at the property a Keyholder can be for you. A Key Holder can attend your home to make it appear occupied and also inspect the premises. They can even patrol your home or business and prevent any unauthorised visitors gaining entry the property. CMS Keyholders are SIA trained and work closely with the Police, which allows for a further rapid response if a situation requires law enforcement. This means that if you are at your property or you are worried about any staff members being approached by unwanted company, you can request a CMS Guard to help protect your staff, yourself or your building. We do recommend that owners of large spaces such as warehouses arrange for an onsite patrol or regular inspections to stop groups from gathering and causing a disturbance. For more information or to arrange a free survey please contact 020 7627 0344.