Excellent Ways To Keep Burglars Away This Summer

April 3rd, 2020

Study after study after study reveals that burglaries happen more often in the summertime. Perhaps it is the hot weather that brings out the worst in people. Who knows? But, one thing is for sure, when the summer months hit, nobody's Chico home is safe. Most run of the mill, average criminals strike between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. That period is when homeowners and their families are less likely to be home. 

Summer Can Equal Bad News For Homeowners

Also, during the summertime, Chico kiddos are out of school. As such, lots of parents plan special getaways with their loved ones in June and July. That means their houses can become easy targets for thieves. For starters, if mom or dad forgets to lock the front door or downstairs windows, the criminal could go right in the home, steal everything but the kitchen sink, and get away without anyone even noticing until the family returns home from their trip. Believe it or not, burglars typically gain entry through an unlocked access point. 

There is no smashing a brick through a window, jimmying open a door with a crowbar, or picking a lock. Of course, if the criminal is skilled enough, he or she could have all of those skills on their resume. Still, though, it is of the utmost importance for Chico homeowners to double-check all of the locks in their house to ensure that they are in the closed position before they leave. With any luck, the action will keep intruders outside where they belong. 

Invest In A Monitored Burglar Alarm System

Many times, monitoring company signs are enough to scare burglars away. They know that if they decide to a break-in, the criminals will only have a limited amount of time to grab what they can and take off before the cops show up. After the perimeter becomes breached, the monitoring organization receives an alert. If nobody answers the phone and provides them with the password or passcode, the representative will contact the police department and get them to dispatch a car to the location.

One of two things will happen. Either the officers will catch the burglar red-handed and throw him or her behind bars, or the thieves will get scared off by the blue and red lights flashing outside. So, in turn, an intruder alarm system can provide you with peace of mind in knowing that you have people watching your back. 

Could Motion-Activated Lights Be Helpful?

The short answer to this question is yes, motion-activated lights can be useful. While it is true that most burglaries happen during the day, they can occur in the middle of the night too. Trespassers can utilize the darkness to hide in the shadows of a person's yard. After the homeowner turns out the lights, the thief will allow them enough time to lull off to sleep. Then, they will strike. However, motion-activated lighting can wake homeowners and their neighbors up as the devices shine brightly. The person who notices can look through the window for a trespasser and contact the police if one is present.

Feel free to contact us and discuss your security options 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