Keep Your Home Safe While On Vacation With These Suggestions

April 7th, 2022

Chico citizens, as well as others around the world, spend months and sometimes years planning the ultimate vacation. Some folks plan the big event during the summer months and head out to tropical locations. Meanwhile, others schedule the trip for the wintertime and hit up a ski resort or another cold-weather destination. Regardless of when or where people decide to go, all of the travelers usually have at least one thing in common.

They worry about what will happen to their home or belongings while they are gone. However, Chico residents shouldn't have to fret about such things. Therefore, this post is focusing on some tips that are designed to help them ensure their property is safe and secure when they are out and about. Curious persons should stay here and read further to learn all about the security measures. 

Hold The Mail And Stop Newspaper Deliveries

There are tell-tale signs that burglars look for to discover whether anybody is home or not. One is the mailbox being overstuffed with letters, documents, and postcards. Another is newspapers piled up in the driveway or by the front door. If a Chico homeowner fails to notify the post office or newspaper company to stop delivering the items, for the time being, tragedy could strike in the blink of an eye. They may wind up coming home to a destroyed house with all of their valuables missing. So, don't overlook this step and keep burglars at bay. 

Double Check The Locks On All Doors And Windows

Most research indicates that burglars commonly find their way inside a structure via an unlocked door or window. While this task may seem minimal, it is actually huge. Neglecting to lock the house up tightly can lead to a nightmare scenario. As with the example above, vacationers are likely to return home to a messed up place with belongings missing. Instead of being able to relax after the trip, they will be forced to contact police officials and deal with insurance adjusters.

Have A Professional Company Install A Security System That Also Offers Video Monitoring

Alarms, security cameras, and window/door sensors are often enough to deter criminals from breaking into your home. However, if the devices don't do the trick, and a burglar decides to take his or her chances anyway, the monitoring agency will become alerted to the problem. Then, they can review the camera footage to see if it is a real or false alarm. For example, a sensor could have just been triggered by a tree branch breaking and hitting up against the house. If the event is real, and a trespasser is present, they will contact the local authorities to get them on the scene promptly.

Utilize these tips and any others that you have up your sleeve to keep your property safe and secure while your family goes on vacation. After all, the only thing everybody should be worrying about is having a fun and enjoyable time. Take the preventative measures now to avoid catastrophe later.

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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
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