6 Tips to Prevent Home Break-ins

January 24th, 2023

If you are a homeowner in Chico or anywhere else in the US, keeping your home safe from burglars is always a top priority. Unfortunately, thieves can strike any time of day—especially when you are away on summer vacation, a business trip, or if you are not careful about closing windows or locking doors properly.

There is no need to worry. Protecting your family and belongings from a burglary whether you are located in CA or another state is possible with these tips. 

  • Lock your windows and doors

This seems like a no-brainer, but many forget to do this especially when they make quick trips to do some simple errands. A lot of people think, “Oh, 30 minutes won’t hurt. I’ll be back in a jiffy.” This type of complacency could get you in trouble, so be conscientious about locking your existing entryways at all times. 

  • Trim shrubbery near entrances or patios

If that a thief attempts to rob your home, the last thing you want is for them to find a good hiding spot. Keeping shrubs trimmed and keeping areas with plants clutter-free will deter burglars, as it gives them less potential hiding places. 

  • Prune trees around your home

Thieves may climb tall trees if the branches are the right length to give them access to any upstairs window you may have. Prevent these tree climbing ninjas by giving longer branches near windows a good trim. 

  • Keep your windows covered

Leaving your windows wide open or uncovered almost seems like an open invitation for thieves to “window shop” before stealing your valuable items. Having curtains or blinds installed to cover your windows keeps your valuables out of sight from burglars’ prying eyes. 

  • Never announce forthcoming trips or vacations on social media platforms

This is especially important if there will be no one left to look after your home. You can surely change your privacy settings so that your posts could only be viewed by your contacts or a specific group, but it is always better to err on the side of caution. 

  • Connect with your neighbors

As they say, no one is an island. Knowing the people in your community and building good relationships with them creates a genuine desire within individuals in an area, including yourself, to look out for each other. Each neighbor and good friend you make in the community could be an extra pair of eyes to help prevent break-ins.  

Consider purchasing a home surveillance system

Aside from taking features and price points into consideration before making your purchase, make sure that you have thoroughly assessed your property’s security needs so that you do not end up over, or underspending.  Aside from security cameras, there also motion detectors, as well as door alarms that you could look into for added protection.  

Installing security cameras or a whole surveillance system is a task best left to the professionals. Make your Chico, CA home a safer place by getting in touch with us. 

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

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