Could A Break-In Be In Your Future?

December 6th, 2022

Most research points to the majority of home burglaries taking place between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. That includes those that occur right here in Chico. Why? Well, people are less likely to be home during that period. Some folks are gone to work, homeowners are out running errands, and kiddos are at school. In other words, criminals can sneak into the structure, steal valuables, and skulk away without being detected.

If the burglars are smarter than the average bear, they will cover their tracks. As such, police officers won't have any leads to go on to identify the suspect or suspects. In turn, the thieves may get off scot-free. Summertime is right around the corner, and for some reason, more burglaries happen during the summer. It is anybody's guess as to why the warm weather brings out the worst in people, but one thing is for sure, Chico homeowners must take particular measures to protect their families, assets, and belongings. 

Now, this post is going to focus on some tips that can assist persons in keeping their homesteads safe and sound. There is a lot of useful advice going to be covered in the following sections. Hence, curious Chico citizens should read on to learn more. 

Ways To Keep Burglars Moving Along When Looking For Targets

Installing security devices on the inside and outside of your home is often enough to keep criminals at bay. Items like security cameras, a burglar alarm, and motion-activated lights show them that you mean business. The crooks know that if they choose the property, there is a very good chance that they will get caught. Of course, that is the last thing that they want. After all, burglars don't wish to become identified, get arrested, and have to spend years and years in jail. So, if for nothing else, beef up your home's security with technology to deter thieves, vandals, and more. 

Ensure That Landscaping Remains Trimmed And Well-Manicured

If a person has overgrown bushes and plants next to entryways, criminals could hide behind the leaves. They may lay in wait for the perfect moment to strike. Unsuspecting victims can become subjected to all sorts of things such as...

  • Rape
  • Simple Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Or Aggravated Assault

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for the property owner to keep his or her bushes trimmed, flowerbeds neat, and gardens tidy. There is no point in making it easy for criminals to hideout and attack. So, do yourself a favor and limit the number of hiding places in your yard. 

Suggestions For Folks Planning On Going Out Of Town

Nobody wants to return home from a fantastic trip to a ransacked house with missing belongings. That would certainly kill the mood in the blink of an eye. Thus, follow this advice when you are going away for a little bit, and hopefully, nothing bad will happen while you're gone. Be sure to contact the post office and stop the mail. A mailbox full of letters and magazines is a tell-tale sign of nobody being home. 

Burglars view such homes as easy targets. Also, consider installing some timers on your lights and TVs. By having them turn on and off periodically, it will appear as if people are home. Last, but certainly not least, make sure that all door and window locks are in the locked position. Many times, criminals enter houses through unlocked entry points. 

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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