Out Of The Box Ways Your Security System Can Keep Your Children Safer

Keeping your family safe is your number one motivation for investing in a home security system. While it goes without saying that your security system from Iron Security will deter burglars, notify your family of imminent fire and smoke danger and more, there are other out of the box ways you can use your system to improve the safety of your children.

Keep Them Out of Dangerous Places

With sensors you can put where you want them, you can keep your children out of places in your home that are dangerous. If you have a gun cabinet, medicine cabinet or a garage stocked with dangerous tools, sensors on the doors will alert you when your child attempts to open those doors. You can even keep them out of rooms with valuable collections, offices with heavy equipment and any part of your home that should be off-limits.

Monitor Their Comings and Goings

As soon as children are mobile, and continuing as they get older, you can use your home security system to know when they are entering and leaving your home. Sensors on doors, windows and gates to pool areas, will let you exactly where your child is, so you can stop problems before they occur. For older children who may come home to an empty house, you can easily go online and find out what time he or she arrived or left the house. Custom codes for each family member makes tracking easy.

Check In On Them When You’re Not At Home

Whether you have a babysitter watching over little children or have a teenager who stays at home alone on times, you can easily check in virtually, from anywhere. Video surveillance will let you see what is happening in your home in real time, or you can set it up to record so you can watch later.

You get extra peace of mind knowing that your family is as safe as you can make them. Look into how high-tech security systems can work to keep your most important people safe today.

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Stranger Danger Strategies for Keeping Kids Safe

Every parent wants to keep his or her child safe, but knowing the best way to do that can be difficult. Today’s kids face an entirely different set of dangers than the ones that their parents faced growing up, so new strategies must be used to keep kids safe. Stranger danger has always been at the forefront of parents’ minds in regards to child safety, but now they have more than one type of stranger to watch out for, thanks to the Internet.

Parents can help their children understand the dangers of talking to and interacting with strangers, both online and in person, to help reduce the risk of abuse or abduction. The strategies are simple, but they could mean the difference between life and death for kids.

Identifying A Stranger

Many children are so trusting that they are willing to accept the word of a stranger as truth, especially when the stranger appears to know personal details about them or their family. Parents should explain to children that just because a person seems to know them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a stranger.

Families should use safety measures such as ‘code words’ that are told only to people who are allowed to pick them up from school or drive them places. Anyone who is to be alone with the child should know the code word or be approved in person by a parent. Children need to understand that they can’t just take a stranger’s word that they are telling the truth.

Saying NO

Children are taught to respect adults, but this can be a bad thing when a stranger is involved. If children are approached by a stranger, they need to know that it’s okay to show defiance, especially if they are asked to go somewhere with the stranger. Parents need to let their kids know that it’s okay to say no to strangers.

Sadly, many children who are abducted by strangers don’t fight back because they fear that they will be in trouble for doing so. Parents need to let their kids know that fighting back and saying ‘no’ very loudly can save their lives.

Cyber Strangers

Even young children who have access to a computer are at risk from cyber strangers. Online predators use various methods to gain access to kids, including impersonating other children. Parents need to be aware of the sites that their child is visiting and teach good cyber safety habits.

  • Never give out personal information.
  • Never agree to meet in person without a parent present.
  • Always tell a parent if something feels ‘not right’.

By using these simple strategies and keeping active dialogue with their children about stranger danger, parents can help keep their kids safe even when they aren’t with them.

 

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When To Be Suspicious of Home Security Questions

Have you ever been randomly chosen for a survey? We all have at some point or another. Savvy burglars know that people often give out information that could be quite useful to an intruder, when they take part in surveys. This is one of the reasons that professional criminals often disguise themselves as survey takers, lawn care workers or some other service provider you would expect to ask you questions. Rather than being suspicious of everyone, it makes sense to know when you should be suspicious of questions and especially home security questions.

Red Flags

While there may be some home security companies that actually use door to door salespeople, this is more the exception than the rule. If someone approaches your house and starts asking questions, keep in mind that he could be casing your home. Some huge red flags to be concerned about include if he asks things like:

  • Number of doors in your home
  • If you have a security system
  • The kinds of electronics you have
  • If you have weapons in the house
  • The kind of insurance you have, especially if asking about riders for extra coverage
  • The cars you have
  • How long you have been living in the house
  • If you are renting or own the house.

Such questions can provide valuable information to the would-be intruder. Guard the details of your belongings and home security choices, to remain safe.

What To Do

If someone comes to your door asking questions, promptly tell him that you need to check with the local branch of the company he says he represents in order to verify that he works for them. If it is a con artist, he will give you a story or tell you he can’t wait while you do so. However, realistically, if he is legitimate, he will have no issues with you checking him out. Leave the individual waiting outside, close and lock your door, and make that call. The power is now in your hands. If you find that the individual is a fraud, and is actually still waiting (though highly unlikely), you should notify law enforcement.

Bear in mind, that the individual who asks such questions may not always be posing as a representative of a security company. It may even be someone who has a legitimate right to be on your property, such as someone who works for a lawncare, or other type of home service, business. If you are being pressed for information by such an individual, refuse to answer and notify his supervisor or the company owner.

Today’s criminals are very smart. They know the importance of doing homework, so they don’t take a risk of breaking into a home where they’ll find little of value. Safeguard your home by being naturally suspicious of strangers with questions.

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Keeping An Eye on Caretakers

Family and friends want to do everything possible to ensure their loved ones are safe and secure in their golden years. After living a full life and caring for others, senior citizens deserve the utmost respect and have the right to live comfortably in their own home or an assisted living facility. There are several options to ensure the elderly are protected and shielded from danger while being cared for by others.

Security System Options

One option is to add video monitoring to your home security system. The most important feature of this technology is the ability to access and view your loved ones at any time and from anywhere with a simple touch of a button. As a result of advanced technology today, this information can be viewed from your personal computer, iPhone, iPad or any Android device. It’s like being there to monitor all the activities of your loved ones and the person entrusted to care for them. Storage of videos offsite means you never have to worry about tampering.

Hidden Spy Cameras

Another option to keep an eye on caretakers is the installation of hidden spy cameras. These are probably the most popular and least expensive option for detecting elder abuse. The camera is small enough and can camouflage as almost any household object such as a flower, picture, clock, vase, etc. The camera is equipped with a built in DVR for recording and has a SD card for storage. The biggest drawback with this system is that you can’t see what is happening in real time or in time to stop it. You also risk the caretaker finding the camera and sabotaging recordings.

 

Tiny Spy Cameras

There are still even smaller spy cameras that can be worn on the body. They can be disguised as more intimate objects such as a watch, pen or key chain. Although these devices are also equipped with a mini camera, microphone and DVR to capture images and sounds, the storage space is more limited than bigger hidden spy cameras. The drawbacks of discovery and sabotage are also still a factor.

Your senior family members should not be subjected to harm in their latter years. There are several options available to make sure they are protected. You can rest at ease that your loved ones are protected by investing in the security system of your choice.