5 Ways To Have A More Secure Home

July 28th, 2020

Life has changed a lot for people living in CA thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing that hasn’t changed is a crime. Assault, violence, and theft occur even when people spend more time at home.

This is a big fear for many in Chico, CA, and it’s one reason why home security is still important nowadays. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to improve safety within your property. Here are five practical ways to have a more secure home.

Reduce Hiding Spots

Thieves like to reduce risk, and one of the ways they do this is to study a target so they know what they’re getting into. However, that task becomes challenging when people can see you watching them. Hedges, shrubbery, and other landscaping features can also provide a safe hiding spot for thieves to observe you. Getting rid of them considerably increases a criminal’s visibility and risk.

Check And Use Window Locks

Next to doors, windows are a popular form of entry into homes. It’s not unusual for thieves to check windows for signs of being unlocked. See if your windows have locks, and if not, consider either installing some or upgrading to windows that have them. Then, put those locks to good use.

Don’t Hide Spare Keys In Obvious Places

It’s common practice, especially in families with young children, to get spare house keys in case the main one gets lost. Unfortunately, a lot of people hide them in places that are easy for children to find and remember. This makes it easy for thieves too. It’s safer to eliminate spare keys or, if you really want to have them, give them to trustworthy neighbors instead.

Don’t Advertise Your Absence

While this is not an issue for many right now since they mostly stay at home during the pandemic, under ordinary circumstances, it is a significant factor. Social media has made it possible to share every detail of your life, but there is such a thing as too much disclosure. Unless you’ve set your social media to private, anyone can see your announcement of an upcoming vacation and, if you have a lot of photos of your home and neighborhood, determine where you live. After that, it’s just a matter of waiting for you to post on social media that you’re at the airport before breaking into your property.

Get Security Systems

Proper security equipment, such as camera surveillance systems and alarms, is a major deterrent to theft. It considerably raises the risk for thieves and reduces the time they have to thoroughly search and loot a home. The presence of security systems makes a house a much harder target. It often discourages thieves, diverting them to easier, more vulnerable households.

If you have a home in Chico, CA that you’d like to protect at all times, we can help. Contact us today and allow us to find the security system that is suitable for you, your belongings, and your family.

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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