3 Essential Security Tips For Protecting Your New Home

February 28th, 2022

Just moved into your new home in Chico, CA? Congratulations! Moving to a new home is always a tough proposition because of all the adjustment that goes into the move. Adjusting to the new neighborhood, the new town and the difference in the amenities available to you versus your old town, settling your kids down after their inevitable frustration sets in upon having to part with their life in the old town...it’s tough. You’re probably exhausted from all of this, so you might be prone to missing a few details here and there, not the least is home security. To help you with that, here are three key security tips that you ought to take note of to ensure your new home is as snug and secure as can be.

Change The Locks On All Your Doors and Windows

First and foremost, change the locks on all your doors and windows as soon as you move into your new Chico house. This is a crucial step to keeping your home safe because most homes come with standard locks that can be easily tampered with or even destroyed with sheer brute force. Also, you’ll never know who has had access to your doors before you moved in and if any previous homeowners or tenants have gotten rid of all their duplicates. If the budget allows, get smart locks installed to keep all entry points in your home extra secure.

Install Lots of Lighting

Criminals absolutely hate homes equipped with plenty of indoor and outdoor lighting at night. A well-lit home, especially outdoor area, makes for an excellent deterrent against burglars, vandals, and the like. A bonus to this step is that you’re able to see much better when you’re walking around the property at night, effectively preventing a lot of potential safety hazards. Normal indoor and outdoor lighting would do, but if you’re feeling extra protective of your property, get motion-activated lights installed as well.

Install An Professional Home Security System

From surveillance cameras to sophisticated fully-integrated system, any form of home security devices make all the difference when it comes to keeping you and your loved ones safe. To make sure everything’s well-implemented and fully-customized to the needs of your property, we highly recommend investing in a professional home security company to install security equipment for you. With a reliable home security system in place, you will be able to sleep at night and book long-haul trips without having to worry too much about the safety of your property.

There’s nothing fancy about working on making your Chico, CA home secure, and it’s likely not as exciting as, say, hanging some decorations, fixing up your bedroom set-ups to your liking, going out to pick up some housewarming gifts for yourselves...but it’s a necessary step to take to insure your shiny new investment doesn’t go to waste. If you’re not sure how to apply these security tips listed above, it’s best to consult a professional home security provider to help you make these tough technical decisions on your behalf.

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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)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators