Ghouls come out to play Unfortunately, at this time of the year there are more than just ghost and ghouls to look out for, as insurance company Aviva show there is a 26% increase in burglaries between Halloween and Bonfire Night. Statistics also reveal there is a 28% increase in insurance claims for burglaries committed on Bonfire Night – making it the worst night of the year for break-ins. The irresistible combination of dark nights, along with the noise and distractions Bonfire Night offers, presents the perfect opportunity for criminals. With many people out at firework or bonfire parties, criminals are able to work under the cover of darkness without people being suspicious of loud noises, such as smashing glass. According to the report, the highest increase in burglaries was in Strathclyde; where police saw an increase of 57% between Halloween and Bonfire Night compared to the weekly average for the rest of the year. To enjoy the festivities without worrying about home security, you just need to take a few simple steps. Lock all windows and doors before leaving the house and remember to set your home alarm. For added security, if you are walking around in the dark, make sure you carry a personal attack alarm for peace of mind. Halloween and Bonfire Night may be a prime time for ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night, but if you make personal and home security a key priority you can help to ward off any unexpected surprises and unwanted guests.