Make sure that your Halloween is filled with Treats instead of Tricks! Follow these security tips for a safe and fun Halloween weekend and night.
- Inspect all exterior lighting prior to Halloween night; repair or replace where required. Bad lighting is more likely to encourage theft, or even violence.
- Make an early bank deposit to reduce cash levels on hand during the evening.
- Have additional staff working to deal with potential large groups. An understaffed store could mean theft, as well as poor customer experience.
- Ensure your video and security equipment is operational. While we hope your Halloween is safe and smooth, it is important to keep in mind that the night is notorious for teenage crime. Ensure your business security equipment is operational - Just in case!
- If you have had a history of problems or are worried about vandalism, 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. (Halloween results in more vandalism reports than any other day of the year!)
- Do not allow patrons older than 10 or 12 to wear face-covering masks in your business. Post signs and enforce that masks must be removed to ensure safety for your employees and customers.
- Leave your vehicle in a garage or locked parking area and not in front of the store. Not only could your vehicle be a target for criminals, but with the large number of people walking by on Halloween night, it is likely to get scratched or dinged by accident.