Gone are the days of relying on an attack dog and floodlights for protecting your family and home from criminals and other factors that may harm your family. Of course, these things can be used, but they should serve as supplements to more modern forms of home security. Even if you have a tight budget, you can outfit your home with all sorts of technology to make sure that you and your family are safe. The exact items that you need will be determined by your location and budget of course, but there are quite a few easy options to choose from. Here is a list of things that you may want to consider for keeping your family safe from whatever may come upon your property.
A High-Tech Alarm System
It may be true that criminals are more likely to pass on a home that obviously has an alarm system, but not all criminals follow this pattern. The other problem is that police response times can be slow, which means the criminal will have made their escape long before reinforcements arrive. There are varying types and manners of alarm systems now, and many of them have the option for surveillance cameras. While a camera will not necessarily deter criminals, it can certainly help the police to catch the person before they can burglar again. Look for a system that can be operated from your smart phone so that you can keep an eye on your house from afar. Also, look for one that comes with the best smoke detector that you can find. This way, no matter where you are, you can rest assured that your home is safe from both criminals and the elements.
A Video Intercom
This security option is especially important if you live in a bad area, or if you leave your children home by themselves frequently. A video intercom at your front door allows you to see who is knocking on your door before you answer it. You may think that looking through a peephole or the front window curtain will keep you safe from strangers with bad intentions, but this can alert a potential criminal to your presence, which could work against you. Video intercoms also offer convenience: if you do not want to walk across the door just to talk to a salesman, you can check your smartphone to see if it is worth getting up for.
If you have a young child who tends to wander off, you are familiar with the panic that can overcome you. Your mind tends to go to the worst possible places, even though you know that they are probably playing a hiding game or otherwise distracted. To alleviate some of that fear, you can purchase an abduction alarm. Your child is given a transmitter to wear, and you hold on to a receiver. If your child wanders too far away from you, it will begin to beep. For most cases, this will act like the “panic” button on your car keys – you will be able to track down your hiding child. If the worst happens however, the alarm will generally scare away a potential abductor.
GPS Tracking Devices
If you are worried about tracking down stolen property, it is about time you install a GPS tracker on your valuables. You can put them on your car, bike, and even your pets and children. These will help you (or the police) track down whatever is missing and retrieve it with relative ease. If your dog or cat tends to get out of the yard more frequently than you would like, this can help you avoid worry and heartache. They are also handy for teenage drivers; you can make sure that your new driver is driving within your given boundaries and speed limits.
The world can be a scary place, especially when you have a family that you wish to protect. Some people tend to think “That will never happen to me!” but disaster can befall anybody. Being prepared for disaster is the best way to alleviate your nerves, and these devices should all do an effective job of giving you at least some peace of mind.