Posted on: 22 July 2016
Having teens in the house can present you with a whole set of new challenges. With the teen years often comes increased responsibility, along with more time in the home alone as well as leaving the house when no one is home. This can make you uneasy about how secure your home really is when you aren't there to ensure everything is locked up. The following tips can help you keep your home secure and your family safe.
Tip #1: Skip the house key
House keys can easily be lost, especially by a distracted or absent-minded teenager. Instead of keys, consider opting for keyless entry pads. You have a few options:
Combination key pad. This is the most common option. It is hooked into your alarm system so typing in the wrong combination too many times can lead to an alarm call, which is an added security feature. The main drawback is that a less than trustworthy friend can look over your teen's shoulder to get the code.
Smart phone entry. This requires an app on the phone, which is then used to trigger the lock on the door to open. This may not be the best option if your teen is also prone to losing their phone.
Biometric locks. These respond to the fingerprints programmed into the locks, which means your teen or another person with approved access to the home has to be present in order to unlock the door. This can be the best option.
Tip #2: Change codes often
If you have a keyless entry pad or an alarm system, then make sure you change the codes on a regular basis. Monthly works well in most cases. This serves two purposes. First, you don't want your teen to inadvertently give out the code, since this compromises your home's security. Second, alarm and key pads can become worn from typing in the same code for months or years on end, which makes it easier for an intruder to guess the code.
Tip #3: Alarm your windows and doors
Being a teenager often means a bit of forgetfulness, especially since many responsibilities are new. This can lead to windows or doors being left open accidentally when your teen leaves the house. Fortunately, you can still ensure that the home is protected with the right alarm system. Opt for additional alarm features, such as extra alarm points on windows so that the alarm can be armed when the window is open. Another good option is to include motion detectors near windows and doors, since this will indicate if anyone takes this easy way in when they shouldn't.
Tip #4: Go for the monitoring
Monitored alarms are the best option because your teen will likely make mistakes, from forgetting their code to simply forgetting to disarm an alarm. A quick phone call from the alarm company can prevent a false alarm call to the police department. Another form of monitoring to consider is a self monitored system through a phone app or computer portal. This way you can check on your house when you are at work. Some systems even allow you to view security cameras, lock doors, or even control the thermostat in the home while you are away. This way you can keep an eye on your teen even when you aren't home.
For more information, contact a security company in your area like Tele-Plus.Share