According to the FBI, four houses are broken into every minute. This means that you have to take deliberate action to protect your home and family rather than hope everything will be fine if you just remember to lock your doors when leaving the house.
So what are some ways you can protect your home and family? Come up with some common sense plans and figure out the best home safety technology to deploy.
Home Safety Technology
While you may have used some home safety technology in the past, it’s always a good idea to check out the latest innovations—because the world of technology is growing at a fast pace, offering us new options on a nearly daily basis.
A Simple Safety Plan
Here are 5 ideas you can use to create a plan to keep your home and family protected:
- Skip the DIY approach.
While it’s possible to read a few blogs and watch a few videos to figure out what home safety technology to buy and how to apply, a much better route is to get a home security system.
Instead of trying to figure out everything from scratch, buying expensive equipment and trying to install it yourself, it’s much easier, practical, and time and cost effective to tap into the resources of a professional home security company.
For a small subscription fee for a home security package, you will get 24 hour a day, 362 days a year of home monitoring. Black Hat Security will allow you to use your smartphone to access your security systems, remote access, energy management, home automation, and security cameras. If you have an elderly family member who is home alone, you can also get their medical alert system. This sophisticated technology allows you to monitor your home when you’re away from home.
- Create a home safety plan.
The worst time to think about creating a home safety plan is when you’re in the midst of an emergency. You’re not only too freaked out to think clearly but you also may not have the resources you need to take care of the situation. Think of a home safety plan the way you would think of insurance or school emergency drills. You have to pay and plan and practice ahead of time. For instance, you need to buy home fire extinguishers and first aid kits; plan for earthquake or forest fire evacuations; and teach your children how to dial 911 and any designated emergency contact numbers.
- Take classes in home self-defense.
Enroll in a class on self-defense. You will learn everything you need to defend yourself and your family in the event of a house break in. Non-martial arts training will teach you about behavior to keep you safe and may teach you about pepper sprays, tasers, or small guns. Simply buying this type of equipment is not enough; you need to learn how to store them safely and how to use them properly.
- Use common sense precautions.
There are many simple things that you can do routinely to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Here are few reminders of things you should get into the habit of doing:
- · Shut all windows and lock all doors before you leave your home.
- · Shut all windows and lock all doors before you step out of your car.
- · Put signs on your lawn and stickers in the corner of your windows that you have a Monitored Home Security System.
- · Avoid sharing personal contact information on the phone or online unless you are filling out an application or buying something.
- · Don’t open the door unless you know who is on the other side.
All these are simple, commonsense things; we often neglect to do them. Our technological gadgetry can do a lot to protect us, but we can always undermine its efficacy through carelessness.
In closing, it’s a good thing to remember that there is safety in numbers. Keep a list of family, friends, and emergency contact numbers; get to know your neighbors; connect with your local community through events. You never know when you may need to call someone for help, and if you have led an isolated life, you will have nobody to help you out in a pinch.