Protecting Kids in the Neighborhood

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Keeping your kids safe is a full-time job no matter the neighborhood you live in. There are plenty of obvious and unseen dangers your kids could face. Teaching them how to react to these dangers can help keep them safe.

Neighborhood Safety Tips

When your kids are out and about in the neighborhood, they’ll need to know how to react to and avoid potentially dangerous situations. There are plenty of steps you can take to keep your kids safe:

  • Ensure they understand home security. Kids play a big role in home security. Beyond teaching them how to operate your home security system, talk to your children about the importance of closing and locking doors when they leave the house, securing windows and how to react when someone knocks on the door when they’re home alone.
  • Know where your kids are and set limits on where they can go. Always have your children tell you where they’ll be before leaving home and have them check in periodically or be home at a certain time.
  • Get to know their friends and meet their parents. Before letting your children go to their friends’ homes, meet with or talk to their parents first. You’ll also want to know what activities will take place during their visit and whether they’ll be supervised.
  • Encourage your children to be assertive. Teach them that it’s OK to say “no” to an adult who makes them feel uncomfortable or puts them in danger, and how to immediately remove themselves from these situations and get to somewhere safe. Make sure they’re also comfortable talking with you following such encounters.
  • Point out safe places to your children. Show them where they can go and who to contact in times of danger. Homes of neighbors you know and trust, public places like stores, active community club houses and police or fire stations are ideal.
  • Identify any and all known dangers in your neighborhood. This includes using community resources to locate sex offenders living in your area. Getting to know your neighbors is one of the most effective ways to improve neighborhood security.
  • Make sure your kids know their home phone number and address. If your kids have trouble remembering this information, write it down for them on a card and have them carry it wherever they go. Many online stores even sell kids’ ID bracelets that can include this kind of information, as well as any relevant medical data.

Automate Family Safety

The need for neighborhood safety doesn’t end at your home’s entryway. There may be times when your children are alone at home after school, and you need an extra measure of safety and reassurance. Modern security technologies like home automation services offer a broad range of safety features that help create a safer environment for your kids when you are away from home. These features include:

  • Security Cameras – Home automation can link your state-of-the-art security camera system with your smartphone, allowing you to know what goes on inside your home in real time.
  • Door Sensors – Though door sensors can alert you whenever someone enters your home, you can also set zones to allow your kids to safely enter certain areas of the house without tripping an alarm.
  • Remote Locks – Instead of using keys, smart locks allow you or your child to unlock the front door remotely via your smartphone. For further oversight on their comings and goings, parents can manage lock times to ensure kids maintain an after-school schedule.

Keeping your family safe can often feel like a full-time job, which is why Scott Alarm is proud to provide peace of mind to thousands of Jacksonville families. Our monitored home security systems have helped to protect families for nearly 50 years. Contact us today for a free home security consultation from a local expert.