We know from our own and our customers’ experience that having children changes everything. Protecting your home and everyone in it is suddenly a top-of-mind concern in a way it wasn’t when you were a bachelor eating sandwiches over the sink. The Troy, MI home security alarm systems installed by Vigilante Security are a great solution if you want to take your home security a step further. Here are a few more things you should know about home security when you have kids.
How Old is Old Enough to be Home Alone?
Let’s start with a question on many parents’ minds: how old should my child be before I can leave them home alone? While some states have laws governing this, Michigan isn’t one of them. While Child Protective Services uses age ten as a guideline, even they admit there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. As a rule of thumb, you should evaluate how self-sufficient your child is, and how long they’ll be alone. If your child can take care of themselves, can make a phone call in case of emergency, and you’re only going to be gone for a few minutes, for instance, there’s a bit of wiggle room.
Keeping Kids Safe: Home Security Systems and Their Benefits
So what’s the place of your home security system in all of this? The systems installed by Vigilante Security can cover a wide range of threats. Here are just a few of the solutions we offer:
- Sensors and alarms that detect break-ins and unauthorized entry
- Environmental monitoring that detects events like elevated carbon monoxide levels, pipe breaks, and water leaks
- Smoke and fire detection systems that protect property and save lives
- Surveillance systems so you can keep tabs on your property and your kids even when you can’t be there
- Remote access so you can get activity alerts and video streams from anyplace with mobile access
- Smart home integrations so that everything in your home reinforces everything else
- 24/7/365 monitoring from a UL-listed central station so a response can be summoned in seconds
Don’t Forget the Fundamentals
Another thing worth bearing in mind: even a professionally installed security system that’s well designed and diligently used is a supplement to home security best practices, not a substitute. Make sure everyone in the family, young and old alike, is doing their part to stay safe.
- Help your kids build the habit of checking in when they arrive home or at a friend’s house via phone or text.
- Create a code word that friends and neighbors should use if someone has to pick your child up when you’re unable to.
- Know the kinds of emergencies you can face at home and plan for them.
- Once you have those plans, practice them. This includes role-playing 911 calls and practicing your fire escape plan.
- Look around when you arrive home. If something isn’t right — especially if the doors or windows show signs of tampering or are broken — don’t enter. Find a safe place and call the police.
- Lock the door behind you when you get home.
- The door should never be opened to someone you don’t know.
- Alarm codes should never be shared.
- Memorize key phone numbers. If you ever have to use a friend or neighbor’s phone to get help, you’ll need to know them.
- Going out of town? Don’t post about it on social media.
- Assemble a safety kit that has first aid supplies, a flashlight, batteries, and other essentials, and make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
Home alarm monitoring systems aren’t just about keeping a building or your belongings safe. They’re meant to protect the health and life of all who live there. A custom security system designed, installed, and monitored by Vigilante Security can help preserve your peace of mind and protect what’s most important to you.