Security Tips To Make Your Home A Little Safer This Holiday Season

November 4th, 2022

There is just something about hot weather that brings out the worst in people. Many, many, burglaries occur in the summer months and during the daytime. Why? Well, who knows about the temperature, but they usually use the hours between 10 am and 3 pm to attempt a break-in, as the period is when Chico homeowners and family members are out for the day. That is not to say that thieves won't strike at night or in the winter, because they will.

If a suitable target presents itself, they will try to find an easy way inside for a quick and simple score. In other words, the items beneath a person's Christmas tree might not be so safe after all. When a home does not have a security system, burglars can sneak in, take what they want, and disappear before anyone even notices. So, don't leave things to chance and have everyone disappointed when their gifts go missing. Instead, take preventative measures to ensure your Chico house is safeguarded. 

This article is going to provide readers with some useful security tips that may help them protect their homes this holiday season. Hence, curious Chico individuals shouldn't go away just yet. Rather, they should read the next sections to learn more.

Never Leave Doors And Windows Unlocked

While most people like to imagine a burglar wearing a ski mask and using a crowbar to pry open a door or window, the truth of the matter is that the majority of thieves enter the home through an unlocked entry point. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for occupants to check the devices to ensure that they are in a closed position. Also, they will want to exam them and make sure they are working correctly, as well. Although this action sounds like a no-brainer, with so many incidents taking place in the same way, take a few minutes out of your day to check the locks and gain peace of mind. 

Have High-Quality Surveillance Cameras Installed

Today's cameras are more advanced and easy to use than ever before. Most models come with either a piece of software or an app. The elements allow homeowners to receive notifications on their smartphones, tablets, or PCs. Then, they can review live feeds and recordings from the devices as well to see if it is a false alarm or not. It is notable to mention that security cameras are often enough on their own to deter criminals. They will bypass the home to search for a better target that won't capture their faces, tattoos, or anything else in high definition. 

Stop The Mail

Persons that are going out of town for the holidays will want to head to their local post office. Once there, they should fill out the appropriate paperwork to have the establishment hold their mail until they return. Why? If an individual's mailbox is overflowing with envelopes and magazines, burglars will see this as a tell-tale sign that the house is empty, which means it will be easy pickings.

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