Just when it seemed Halloween couldn’t get scarier, we’ve now got a general election on the horizon too. And not that I want to worry you further, but the results are due on Friday 13th. So that’s something to look forward to. Throw in the explosions of bonfire night, not forgetting the looming spectre of Christmas not far off, and it could be quite a stressful couple of months.
Now far be it for me to add to that stress, but I’m afraid that this time of year brings about additional issues for home security. Insurance claims rocket, pun slightly intended, in this period between the end of October and December, doubling on Bonfire night itself, and also seeing a significant spike around Halloween. The clocks have just gone back, so darkness is falling a lot earlier, and it is prime season for evening burglaries. Sadly, I’ve seen the human impact of this for myself over the last few weeks as I’ve been called to the aftermath of dozens of burglaries, especially in the Doncaster area. It’s not only the practicalities of replacing locks and fixing broken doors, it’s also seeing the emotional impact that each burglary has on the victim, and that can last long after the house has been made secure.