Talk with your kids early about 911 calls and stranger danger to make sure they are prepared and you can keep them safe with these home security tips.
If you have thought about installing a home security system, chances are you are thinking about protecting your kids from harm. Young children especially may need a little extra protection because they would not be able to pick up the phone and call for help if they got into trouble. When it comes to protecting your family, we know you will want to have all your bases covered. Here are some ways you can protect your little ones from intruders and predators.
1. Teach your kids about 911 calls
Try doing a simulation call and practice the conversation they will have with the operator. Make your kids memorize your address and phone number. They should know these things like the back of their hand as young as possible.
2. Make sure your kids know strangers are dangerous
If you are in the basement doing laundry and someone comes to the door, teach them not to answer and stay out of sight. They should know that any stranger could be dangerous, even if they seem kind.
3. Install surveillance cameras
These can give you a great deal of peace of mind. If you have kids home alone, you can check in on them with a smartphone app that is connected to your home cameras.
4. Automate, automate, automate
We all know kids getting home from school may not remember to lock doors and arm the alarm system. You can do it for them by using your smartphone to arm your system from anywhere.
5. Pay attention to neighborhood news
You will be alerted when sexual predators move into your area and you will want to make sure to take precautions. Be sure to keep a pulse on break-ins in your area.
6. Track internet usage
You may know that posting vacation plans on social media accounts is not safe, but your kids may not know the same thing. Monitor your kids’ interactions online. Also, sit down with them and discuss privacy on the internet. Let them know that sharing addresses and personal information can lead to trouble.
7. Think about pepper spray for older kids
If your teen has a long walk from the bus stop to your front door, pepper spray can give them the upper hand if trouble comes along. Be sure when you buy key chain pepper spray that you test it first. Show your child how to use it so they understand how it works and how far the stream of spray will project.
8. Keep communication wide open
Sometimes, if kids get into a sticky situation because of a bad decision, they may want to cover up their mistakes. Let them know that no matter what decisions they’ve made, their safety is the thing you care about first and foremost. Keeping lines of communication open can be a lifesaver.
They say luck favors the prepared, but it has nothing to do with luck. Being prepared is everything when it comes to keeping your kids safe. We know this is a tough topic, but it’s an important one when thinking about home security.
About this Experts Contributor: Theo Garber is the owner of Protecht Home Security, which provides home security in Indianapolis and has been in the alarm business for many years helping to protect families and small businesses.
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