Good Common Sense Practices for Improved Home Security

February 15th, 2023

When it comes to security, it is important to do all we can to ensure the right level of protection for our home and family. In many cases, this also means exercising a fair degree of common sense as we look for improved home security solutions.

Below, you will find some good common sense practices to adopt for improved home security in Chico, CA.

Secure Doors and Windows

While this may seem obvious, you may be surprised by just how many people forget to do this simple step before leaving the home. The door is the most common point of entry for a burglar, and when it is left unlocked, it makes your home a much easier target. 

Some are also in the habit of leaving certain doors in the home unlocked like the garage door or a back door. For improved safety, make sure all of these doors are locked and secured at night and before you leave the home. The same applies to the windows. If you have a second floor to the home, all second-story windows should also remain secure at all times as well.

If you have an air conditioner unit in a window, this can also be an easy target for an intruder. So, try to avoid this kind of unit when you can or find a better way to install them to keep your windows more secure.

Use Proper Lighting

Lighting is another security feature you shouldn't ignore in Chico. The home should be sufficiently lit at all times to discourage intruders from targeting the home. 

You also want to avoid making it obvious that you are home or not. You can get timers for your lights and then schedule when they will turn on and off. The schedule should be switched up so as not to alert anyone to the fact that a timer is being used.

Motion sensor lights are another great addition to any home security system as well and take away the darkness many burglars use to hide in and wait for their opportunity to break-in. 

Invest in a Security System

You also need to invest in a good security system in the home. When looking for the best, consider your needs and what features you want to have. This makes narrowing the choices down much easier. You can also add extra protection like a safe if you have valuables in the home you want to keep secure.

Finally, it is also a good idea to keep your yard well-maintained and keep all valuables out of sight. The garage door should remain locked. If you have a garage door opener in your vehicle, consider taking it out. A burglar can easily break into the car, grab the garage door opener, and gain simple access to the home.

If you take the time to reevaluate your home's security needs in Chico, CA, then you will be in a much better position to find the best security solutions available to protect your home and family. 

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