Advice To Protect Your Home While You Are Away On Vacation This Year

June 11th, 2020

Yes, COVID-19 is still running rampant throughout society, but tons of people are electing to take their chances and getting out and about again. Of course, the game can turn into a deadly situation for a Chico person in the blink of an eye, but to each, their own is what people say. As such, plenty of families are likely planning summer vacations right now, and who can blame them? There is only so much that people can take after being cooped up inside their homes for months and months. 

Heading out soon could be a blessing in disguise, as the Chico streets may be less crowded, there might be smaller crowds at attractions now, and vacation packages will probably be cheap. However, even though people are ready to hit the slopes, ride some rides, or enjoy some fun in the sun, they need to take some precautions to ensure that their homes and assets are protected while they are away. Hence, if you are getting ready to take off for a trip soon, stay put and read on to learn about some things you should do first. 

Get A Burglar Alarm

Burglars like empty houses, as they make for easy targets. There may not be any sure-fire way to stop every incident, but a burglar alarm might deter such criminals. If they see the alarm company's signs posted around properties, they will know that if they break-in, police officers could be on their way shortly. In turn, thieves might set off in search of an easier target and bypass homes with the devices. Also, should a burglar decide to break-in anyway, the monitoring company will notify the Chico police department to send a unit out to investigate. 

Contact The Post Office

An overflowing mailbox is a tell-tale sign that nobody is around and can reveal to a burglar that they will face little resistance on that particular job. Therefore, soon to be vacationers will find it in their best interests to contact the post office and get mail deliveries stopped. This action will prevent letters, magazines, postcards, and more from piling up inside their mailboxes. Then, whenever the individuals return, they just have to request that service be resumed. 

Check All Of The Home's Door And Window Locks

In movies, elaborate break-ins occur with burglars climbing down chimneys, scaling walls with grappling hooks, and more. However, in real life, the majority of burglars gain entry into homes via unlocked doors and windows. Thus, it is a good idea for people to check all of their house's locks before they leave for vacation. The mechanisms should latch into the closed position correctly and secure the entry points. If they do not, the units need to be replaced to keep burglars at bay. Hopefully, these tips will assist you in sleeping a little easier at night while you are away, now, go ahead, get out of here, and have fun. 

Give us a call to schedule your burglar alarm service today. 

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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