The 4 Best Reasons To Upgrade Your Home Security

September 21st, 2022

Every residence in Chico, CA comes with a few basic security protections. However, for the most part they don’t go much farther than a deadbolt on the front door, a lock on the back door, and latches for all the openable windows. These features can stop some opportunist burglars so long as you latch your windows and lock your doors while you’re away, but they don’t do much to deter or stop a determined burglar or a professional who knows you’re on vacation. That’s why many people choose to upgrade their home security.

1. Advanced Security Can Deter Burglars 

Professional burglars may know a few things about picking locks and defeating security alarms, but in general they still prefer to look for the easiest homes to break into. After all, there’s less risk involved if they can find a place with plenty of things to steal and no alarm sensors by the doors. A strong and visible security system with sensors and surveillance cameras will convince many burglars to look for another place to steal from even if your home is otherwise a tempting target.

2. Modern Security Features Are Cheap

Buying advanced security systems used to be a very expensive prospect. Not only did you need to install sensors and cameras throughout your home, you also had to run the wires to power everything through the walls, floors, and ceilings, and that’s not an easy job. However, today’s security systems take full advantage of wireless technology and advanced battery designs to start working immediately and without any major electrical installation. In fact, mobile security features allow renters in Chico, CA to improve their home security without needing their land owner’s permission.

3. Security Can Be Your Home Automation Backbone

Just like modern security features, home automation systems are becoming inexpensive enough for a growing number of people to install them in their homes. These systems interface with smart appliances so you can set them up while you’re still at work or running errands, and you can set up a doorbell camera that lets you see who’s at the front door no matter where you are in your home. Not only is home security compatible with home automation, it can also help you improve your home’s cybersecurity.

4. Security Can Watch For More Than Just Burglars

While home security systems are usually seen as protection against burglars and home intruders, the system can also help you with other situations. For instance, you can integrate your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors so your security company can warn you that something’s happening while you’re away from home, and security cameras can show you which animals are eating your garden just as well as they show you if anyone is creeping around your backyard. 

Basic security features can be effective when you use them correctly. However, advanced security systems provide extra protection and extra benefits, and you don’t have to pay much to install them these days. So if you could use extra security in your Chico, CA home, contact a local security company and find out what features could work for you.

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J. Folsom Arco Station

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John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

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Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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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