3 Handy Tips On Conducting A Home Security Check

March 8th, 2022

3 Handy Tips On Conducting A Home Security Check


Whether you’ve been living in your Chico, CA home for two weeks, six months, or ten years, it’s always a good idea to check on the different ways you can make your home a safer place to live in. These days, you can never be too careful, and you can also never be too safe.


Doing a sweep around your home to check the security measures you have in place allows you to see what aspects could use an update or some improvement. While there may be no imminent threats at the moment, it’s always good to prepare for emergencies. Read on as we list down three tips for conducting a proper home security check.


How Visible Are You From The Outside?

Did you know that 85% of burglars personally know their victims? Let that sink in. This means you literally never know if your next-door neighbor or even a stranger you’ve never seen before could have been watching you and your home all this time. This unsettling piece of information should tell you one thing: nobody from the outside should be able to see what’s inside your home.


One way to secure your Chico home is to look at it from the outside and even from afar to see if your current setup gives anything away. If it does, we highly recommend getting thick curtains and blinders to conceal your home’s interior. No matter what, keep your doors closed or locked at all times.


Check And Test Your Locks

Most homes come with standard locks. Whether you’ve just moved in or have been living in your Chico home for decades, check if your doors and windows have heavy-duty locks that cannot be easily cut or picked. If any of them budge in any way, get those locks changed immediately. If you’ve just moved in, whether or not the locks in your home are good to go, replace them with new ones as soon as you can.


Do You Have A Working Security System?

First off, if you haven’t had any home security equipment installed in your home, call a home security solutions provider to have them immediately set up a home security system for you. If you already have one and have had it for a while, check on it by testing out its individual features or parts to see if they still work. You could trigger alarms, check on your video surveillance footage, or do a test run on all your home automation features with your smartphone.


There is no feasible way to completely eliminate the threat of criminal activity in any home. However, performing a thorough home security check with the tips above in mind will go a long way in making sure that you’re as safe as can be on your property.


There are some small details that we might not have been able to discuss here, so it’s best to consult a professional home security provider. They are backed by experience and knowledge of what works and what doesn’t for any property. If there is something about your home that criminals can take advantage of, a home security provider will be able to advise you on what you can do about them. Reach out to our team today to learn more about our services.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
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    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
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