Author: Manny OG
Growing up as a teenager, my parents especially my father who at the time was a soldier always warned me about security, especially home security. He would constantly remind to be security conscious; lock the gate, lock the doors, burglary proof, etc. I just didn’t care really, I only ever did as told when it suited me I never imagined our house getting robbed or burgled, my dad was a soldier after all. It wasn’t until one night when we heard a squeaking sound of the gate, opening. A thief was in the compound. The next sound that followed was the car door opening, that’s when my dad screamed in the huskiest baritone voice I ever heard, the sound sent a shiver down my spine, my mom felt her heart leap into her throat. Immediately we heard scuffle sounds and the gate banging, the thief was gone, and only made away with the car radio and a bag full of tools. That night, I received the most gruesome education on security. And that’s how I became the Chief Security Officer of the household.
1. Improving Your Residential Security
Just like the teenage me, many people leave their personal safety up to chance, believing that a break-in, natural disaster, or other safety crisis couldn’t possibly happen to them. This is a dangerous mindset, as it can leave you ill-prepared to handle an emergency situation. Unfortunately, no amount of preparation will protect you from all possibility of becoming a victim, but there are certain steps that you can take to help keep yourself safe. By taking a proactive approach to your own personal security, you can better influence what happens to you, your home, and your family. A residential security plan is essential for protecting your home, family, and valuables from intruders.
- In an effective residential security program, all entrances will have high-quality locks, including doors, garage doors, and gates.
- Make a habit of keeping your doors locked at all times, even when you are at home, and have locks placed lower and upper-level windows in your home.
- Never leave keys hidden outside of your home, and instead, give a spare copy to a trusted friend or family member.
Residential security plans are also necessary to keep your valuables and belongings safe from natural and other disasters.
- Ensure that each floor of your home has at least one fire extinguisher and that all members of your family know how to use it.
- If you have a home security camera system, make sure it is working properly.
- Periodically check your smoke detectors to ensure that they are in proper working order, and keep flashlights stored in handy locations throughout your home.
- Your behaviors are also an important part of a home security system. Establish safe living patterns, and vary your daily habits to avoid predictability.
- Get to know your neighbors, and if any unusual activity is spotted through your neighborhood, report it immediately to law enforcement.
2. Home Security When You’re Away
The security of your home is especially important when you plan to be away for an extended period of time.
- Make sure that your neighbors and local authorities known when you plan to be away, but don’t otherwise make your vacation or travel plans well-known.
- Arrange to have a colleague or friend to pick up your mail so that your house doesn’t look deserted, as burglars often target homes that have newspapers piling up on the front step.
- It is important to ensure that your home is properly locked and secured when you are gone, even if you only plan to be away for a short period of time.
- Close and lock all of your doors, and purchase lights with timers that will turn on automatically throughout the night.
- Consider investing in home security camera systems in order to properly monitor your residence while you are away, and research smartphone-controlled system that can help you to keep track of the security of your home while you are away.
3. Educating The Family About Home Security
When developing any personal safety program, just like my father it is important that you properly educate your family especially your children so that they know how to keep themselves safe when you are not around. At home, this means that;
- children should never admit that no adults are home when talking to strangers.
- it is ok for children to be rude and loud when they feel uncomfortable and at risk around an adult stranger.
- children should know all the important emergency phone numbers and how to use your home and cell phones, and they should know how to say “no” and to avoid strangers.
- children should also know how to behave in the event of emergencies.
- you should frequently run drills with your kids about how to handle emergency situations, such as a fire, tornadoes, and break-ins.
- make sure your children know how to safely leave the house and operate security camera systems in the event of one of these emergencies, and explain how they should seek out help.
Children should also be taught about staying safe when using technology. Caution your older children and teens about blind dates and meeting people that they don’t know. Also teach them how to stay safe when using their cell phones, laptop computers, and other devices.