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Halloween security tips

Halloween is only three weeks away! This year it falls on a Friday, which traditionally makes it an event filled night. It is up to all of us to try and minimize the potential for vandalism to occur at our homes and business.


October 8, 2014
By Northeastern Protection Services

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The increased need for security personnel will result in many clients not being able to obtain the coverage they wish to have.

Northeastern Protection Service Inc. recommends you take these basic precautions to deter pranksters from targeting you.

YOUR BUSINESS
– Inspect all exterior lighting prior to Halloween; repair or replace where required.
– Make an early deposit to reduce cash levels on hand during the evening.
– Have additional staff working to deal with potential large groups
– Do not permit customers to wear face-covering masks in your business, post signs indicating mask must be removed prior to entering.
– Ensure your video and security equipment is operational.
– If you have had a history of problems you should photograph your business prior to October 31st, this will assist in identifying vandalism that occurs on Halloween and could be useful for police or your insurance company.
– Report suspicious activity to police or security personnel.
– If someone is making you uncomfortable, you have the right to ask them to leave; if they do not leave call security or police.
– If you are in a new location and not familiar with the history, contact your local police for historical data.

YOUR HOME
– Inspect all exterior lighting prior to Halloween; repair or replace where required.
– Tidy any loose items in your yard such as toys or tools – out of sight / out of mind.
– If someone is making you uncomfortable, you have the right to ask them to leave, if they do not, call the police and file a report.
– Clearly illuminate and identify the door and entry where you will be receiving treaters
– Never allow strangers into your home; offer the treats at the door.
– If your home or business is going to be vacant have it checked by a responsible person or security service through the evening.
– Ensure your vehicles are locked and parked in well-lighted areas.
– Ensure sheds, garages, and outbuildings are locked.

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