Mischief Night - what is it?
The origins of Mischief Night can be traced back to the 1700s when a brief suspension of normal laws allowed people to commit acts of disorder without fear of arrest. And today, because it takes place on 30th October, Mischief Night has merged with Halloween to create a 2-day binge of bad behaviour. In recent years, the tradition of children enjoying a bit of harmless fun has escalated into an outbreak of serious anti-social behaviour – so it makes sense to take some sensible precautions to keep your home safe from thrill-seeking scallywags.
Darkness is a mischief-maker’s best friend, so security lighting can be a powerful deterrent against anyone hoping to approach your property undetected. Motion-activated lights can unnerve potential pranksters when they suddenly find themselves in the spotlight. And if it seems a bit excessive to install security measures just for one or two nights each year, remember that lights are just as effective at deterring burglars all year round. Plus, when invited guests come to call, a powerful porch light will illuminate the way and provide a warm welcome.
A CCTV system is the ideal accompaniment to a security light because once a wannabe wrongdoer spots the tell-tale camera casing, they’ll instantly know that their image has been captured and is now securely stored somewhere in the cloud. Good quality security cameras have become relatively affordable and easy to install, with many featuring motion-activated recoding and live-streaming to a mobile device. The smartest systems will even send you an alert if they sense a loud noise like a window breaking, or if someone walks into a room while you’re out. Then you can check the live video before phoning the police.
Outside your home
Mischief Night marauders often target vehicles, with attacks ranging from relatively harmless peanut butter on door handles, right through to serious malicious damage. So if possible, park your car off the road for a couple nights. Or better still, make room in the garage if you have one. Look around for other obvious potential targets too, like any ornamental features in your front garden – and bring them inside for a night or two until the mischief and mayhem has passed.