MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Things really do go bump in the night on Halloween! Experts say a spike in crime on October 31st is truly frightening. Insurance companies report a 17% increase in claims, and some experts say violent crime is 50% higher than any other night! While lighting dark spaces can give us peace of mind, some studies reveal that crime is reduced in well-lit areas.

“Lights can do more than make us feel safe at night! They’re an effective deterrent for what goes bump in the night around our homes For example, motion-detecting lights can definitely add an extra layer of security to your office or home,” said local lighting expert Ben Wright, with the Energy Management Collaborative or EMC.

EMC has converted thousands of sites to LED lighting. “LEDs are energy-efficient and last longer, which can save you money over time,” said Wright. Lighting is very important when it comes to home security. “Many people rely on timers to turn their lights on and off when they are away. Now, smart bulbs and controls are taking lighting safety to a whole new level. But instead of always having your lights come on at the same time every night, you can set your lights to come on at different times of the day or night, added Wright.

"Turning on the lights outside your home can help illuminate any hazards, like ice, leaves, or items that may cause you to trip and fall." For more information on lighting advances to improve both your security and safety, click here.