4 Effective Ways to Secure Your Home this Spring

March 17th, 2023

As a homeowner in Chico, CA, you should be aware of what can happen if your home gets broken into. You should also take the steps that are necessary to make sure your home is not a target for theft and is as safe and secure as possible.

Below you will find some of the more effective ways to secure your home this spring. Spring cleaning isn't the only thing to check off your list. 

Check the Windows

One of the first things to check is the windows. All the windows should be locked, and the beading should be checked. Window glazing, for example, is put into place with window beading and this beading runs along the edges of the windows. Older windows usually have exterior beading, however, which can be removed very easily from the outside. 

Before leaving home, make sure to check the locks. Springtime in Chico brings beautiful weather and may have many homeowners opening their windows for fresh air. However, you don't want to leave the windows vulnerable, even if you are just stepping out for a short while.

Go Keyless

You should never leave a spare key to the home hidden outside. Burglars are well aware of this trick and often know all the hiding spots homeowners choose. This makes it much easier for them to gain access to the home whenever they want. Instead of hiding the spare key, consider going keyless.

A smart lock system allows you to lock and unlock your doors via a smartphone or other mobile device. You can also send virtual keys to family and friends when it is needed as well. You are in full control over who has access to the home.

Strengthen the Doors

In addition to checking the windows, you also want to make sure that your exterior doors are strong and secure as well. Approximately 34 percent of burglars will actually target and gain entry through the front door. In many of these cases, they also force the lock. 

To strengthen the door, you want to choose a multi-locking system that comes with reinforced steel hinges. This will allow the door to withstand more pressure. Doors without deadbolts or other locking systems are the most targeted.

Upgrade Home Security System

Do you currently have a home security system that could use a few upgrades? The right security system for your home is one of your biggest lines of defense when it comes to protecting your property. It not only helps prevent burglary, but it can also help secure your home from fire, flooding, and other crime. 

Depending on your home security system, you can have features that include motion and entry sensors and professional monitoring 24/7. You will have greater peace of mind knowing that your home is always being monitored and protected against any and all potential threats. 

Ready to discuss these home security solutions as well as other ways you can effectively safeguard your home this spring? Contact your local security company in Chico, CA for more information on how to get started.

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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
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