Trick or treat? What horrors lie in store for your property this season!

By Emma Drew

October 14, 2015

Trick or treat? What horrors lie in store for your property this season!

The first signs of Autumn are upon us; the chilly morning air, the streets are covered in leaves and the darker night’s are drawing in; it can only mean one thing, that Halloween and Bonfire night are fast approaching.

This time of year brings many concerns for home owners and you don’t need a crystal ball to predict what horrors could lie in store for your property.

It isn’t only the visits from those little monsters in fancy dress you need to worry about, but the dark conditions could prove to be perfect opportunities for potential thieves looking for the chance to break into the properties of unsuspecting households.

Most insurance companies report that Halloween and Bonfire night sparks a high increase in insurance claims; with the most common criminal damages to homes including: smashed windows, forced entry and broken doors and vandalism to garden property.

Top tips to ensure your home is properly protected:

  • Install outdoor lighting to deter thieves
  • Ensure windows and doors are locked (not just when your home is left unattended)
  • Never leave keys hidden outside under plant pots
  • If possible, park your car in a garage for the night
  • Leave a light or TV on when you leave the house (to appear someone is occupying the property)
  • Ensure your garden shed filled with valuable equipment is secured with robust locks
  • Avoid answering the door to trick-or-treaters, especially if you are alone in the property

Are you holding an event at your club?

If you are organising an event at a local club premises, you have a duty of care to ensure all potential risks are kept to a minimum, otherwise you could be found liable in the event of an incident.

Please follow our risk management and safety recommendations to prepare for any forthcoming events you may be hosting at your club/venue this season.

To avoid further accidents resulting in injury, make sure light is provided where possible outside the venue including pathways used by spectators and that there is a clearly marked access site for emergency services.

Since most insurance policies do not automatically include cover for firework displays, cover for a specific event can often be arranged. You should immediately check with your insurers if you are planning on holding an event at you club to ensure adequate cover is in place.

How can Perkins Slade help?

For more information on protecting your home this season please email  privateclients@perkins-slade.com or call us on 0121 698 8070. Or for advice on minimising the risks to your club premises please email sports@perkins-slade.com or call us on 0121 698 8160.

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