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7 Home Security Tips For Your Teen

Blog | 28 March 2016

Teenagers are at that difficult stage in life where they are no longer children but not yet adults. Even though your teen might be responsible and trustworthy, they are not immune from the dangers that may occur in a home, especially one that is not well protected. It is always a good idea to familiarize your teen with some security tips.

Lighted Motion Detectors

Know Their Friends

It may not always be possible, but it is good to know who your teen’s friends are-especially if he/she plans on hosting. Your teen may not know his/her friends well enough to recognise the danger of having certain people over.

Check the Peephole Before Answering the Door

Ensure that your teen always look through the peephole before answering the door. WE teach our children not to answer the door for strangers, but this often becomes forgotten about as younger people feel more responsible. Remind your child that if you don’t know them, they shouldn’t be answering the door.

If the door does not have a peephole, then have one installed or have the door replaced.

Familiarise Them With The Security System

Make sure your teen knows the security system so that they do not trigger any false alarms. You should also have emergency protocols in place that are easy for them to follow. Have all the emergency contacts (including your own) in a visible place for your teen to see.

Install Lighted Motion Detectors

Lighted motion detectors are a good way to cut your electricity bill by only having the light on in your garage or doorway when someone is there. It is also a good way for your teen to know that something is wrong if the light is repeatedly being set off.

Do Not Save Sensitive Info On Your Computer

It is a bad idea to store passwords and other sensitive information on your computer. Hackers can easily access this information. If your teen has access to them, he/she can accidentally or intentionally share this information with other people online. You should also implement censorship measures to stop your teen from viewing inappropriate sites.

Install Security Cameras

Security cameras can be a useful part of your security plan. Although this particular measure might not sit well with your teen, it should be emphasised that it is for security above anything else. Cameras can be placed outside the home as well as inside, and they come in a wide variety of discrete shapes and sizes.

Do Not Leave Your Teen Home Alone For Extended Periods

If you are going away for an extended period of time, you should arrange to have a trusted friend or relative check in on your teen periodically. Even if your teen is responsible, things can happen. If you are away, the wrong sort of people outside might notice and take it as an opportunity.

It is always a good idea to consult with a security professional when thinking about installing security apparatus in your home. A security consultant would be able to tell you what measures would be most appropriate in your situation.

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