Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips from Security Choice

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Stay safe and secure this Halloween.

Halloween marks the end of crime prevention month, and the beginning of the 2010 holiday season. With millions of kids hitting the streets in search of candy and fun, safety and home security is more important than ever. Security Choice, a leading provider of home alarm systems, has released important tips for avoiding crime and accidents this weekend.

Make a Plan: The most important steps for Halloween safety happen before kids leave the house. Remind trick-or-treaters to be cautious and to stick with a buddy at all times. Plan Halloween routes and communicate with other parents so every child in a group can easily be accounted for. Make sure older trick-or-or-treaters have a set return time and cell phones handy.

Be Seen: Children and parents are advised to trick-or-treat in well-lit areas with clear walking paths or sidewalks. Use reflective stickers, flashlights and glowsticks to ensure that children are easily seen by motorists. For those staying home, make sure driveways, walkways and yards are clear of debris in order to reduce the risk of falls.

Protect Property: Halloween is an ideal time for vandals and burglars to attack. It is easy to spot who is and isn’t home, and with the commotion outside, a thief can blend-in quite easily. Make sure doors and windows stay locked and the home security system is set whenever the house is unattended. Keep alarm company signs clearly displayed and well-lit in order to deter nighttime criminals.

Keep an Eye Out: Neighborhoods and communities can be united fronts against crime during Halloween weekend. Parents should meet to compare schedules and plan a watch group for the evening. Report any suspicious behavior to the police immediately.

Check the Candy: At the end of the night, inspect all candy before kids dig in. Survey for opened or broken wrappers, suspicious-looking items or any ingredients children may be allergic to.

Halloween is the beginning of an exciting time of year, but criminals see the season as ripe with opportunity. Prevent accidents and crime this Halloween by staying informed, and staying in touch. For more information on home security from Security Choice, visit

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