Tips For Improving Your Home Security

September 28th, 2022

Those who live in the Chico, CA area are already well aware of just how important their safety is. Your home should be your castle, and you should always feel safe while there and know that it’s safe without you at home.

But even if you already have installed a security system into your Chico, CA home, you can still take some steps to improve the level of protection you have. If you’re looking for a way to increase your home security, there are several steps worth taking.

Review Your Camera System

This is one of the absolute most important steps to take and one that is easy to overlook. After all, if you already have a camera system installed then why change it? There are plenty of reasons.

- Camera placement can have a huge impact on your overall security. If you don’t have cameras in the right location, you may be missing angles in the most at-risk parts of your home.

- Newer cameras allow you to use your mobile device to monitor your home when you aren’t there and can record video when motion is detected. 

- Modern cameras also capture higher quality images and can be linked to monitoring solutions that give you increased levels of protection.

Consider Monitored Services

An alarm is great, but it only does so much. It’s a better idea to link your alarm systems to a monitoring service. This way, you get faster response times from authorities and are able to rest easy knowing that your home is being looked after even when you aren’t there. The small monthly fee is well worth the peace of mind and the protection that your Chico, CA home receives.

Landscaping Matters

Another factor that’s easy to forget is the landscaping outside your home. Are there areas where you have large bushes that can conceal a burglar’s entry from the road? Trimming back hedges, shrubs, and bushes may not be something you really want to do, but it can have a dramatic impact on your security and safety.


Lighting is another big part of getting the best level of security for your Chico, CA property. Exterior lighting that is motion activated can easily discourage burglars from entering your home. Placed in the right spots outside, it’s an easy way to increase security.

Automatic lighting inside that is on a timer or smart lighting you can control from your mobile device can take this even further, giving the illusion that you are at home when you aren’t and helping make it less likely that you’ll be targeted.

Getting Your Security System

Getting a security system that really, truly provides the best level of protection for your home is easier when you trust in the professionals. A burglary currently occurs roughly every 23 seconds in the USA, and that means that you could be at risk as well.

With the pros on your side, you get a system that provides the best coverage possible without you having to worry about whether or not you’ve installed the right system. We can help. Contact us today to get started on your security system and the peace of mind you deserve.

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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