Being a par­ent means con­stant vig­i­lance. For 18 years at the very least, par­ents are charged with look­ing after and ensur­ing the health and well-being of inex­pe­ri­enced and vul­ner­a­ble human beings who often, with­out know­ing, seem to go out of their way to place them­selves in har­m’s way. For­tu­nate­ly, the advent of sophis­ti­cat­ed home secu­ri­ty sys­tems has meant that par­ents, who can’t always be present, are able to mon­i­tor their chil­dren’s activ­i­ties as well as what is going on in and around their homes. Below are 5 ways your secu­ri­ty sys­tem can keep your kids safe.

Door and win­dow sur­veil­lance. Door and win­dow sen­sors are great because these not only noti­fies par­ents when some­one is try­ing to sneak into their house but lets them know when some­one is try­ing to sneak out. Door and win­dow sen­sors are capa­ble of alert­ing par­ents with more than just sound. Many of them can be pro­grammed to send you a text in the event of entries or exits.

Secu­ri­ty Cam­eras. Cam­eras can pro­vide both par­ents and chil­dren with peace of mind when they are home by them­selves. Being able to mon­i­tor what is hap­pen­ing around your home, espe­cial­ly points of entry like back and garage doors and the added aware­ness it gives chil­dren who are home alone makes any par­ents feel more com­fort­able with going out for an evening or com­ing home late from work.

Motion sen­sor light­ing. Motion sen­sors can be used much in the same vein as door and win­dow sur­veil­lance. Lights placed at vul­ner­a­ble points of entry around your home can alert you to the pres­ence of poten­tial intrud­ers as well as poten­tial escapees.

Hi Secu­ri­ty lock­ing mech­a­nisms. Hi Secu­ri­ty locks allow par­ents to make sure that doors are locked prop­er­ly when they are not home. It is not unheard of that many peo­ple share keys with friends and neigh­bours. Many change over time. Hi Secu­ri­ty locks have pro­tect­ed path­ways and restrict­ed key cut­ting. Ask your lock pro­fes­sion­al for more infor­ma­tion.

Per­son­al iden­ti­fi­ca­tion method. Most home secu­ri­ty sys­tems allow you to cre­ate per­son­al­ized iden­ti­fi­ca­tion PINs for each fam­i­ly mem­ber that they can enter into the secu­ri­ty sys­tem when they arrive home let­ting you know who is there and who is still unac­count­ed for.

With smart home secu­ri­ty sys­tems, you can keep an eye on your fam­i­ly no mat­ter where you are. Know­ing that your chil­dren are being pro­tect­ed and their actions mon­i­tored helps you pro­tect not only them but your house as well, know­ing that they have done things like lock doors and turn off appli­ances. If you are con­sid­er­ing installing a home secu­ri­ty sys­tem for some added peace of mind when you can’t be phys­i­cal­ly present, the above 5 rea­sons might be all the con­vinc­ing you need.

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Allan Baum
Allan Baum founded Protection Plus with his wife Neseh in 1994. He has worked in the security industry since 1991. His educational background includes an MBA from York University ( when it was still York) and a B.A. from McGill. Allan and Neseh have three wonderful children who are now considered adults and an equally wonderful dog named Waub.