As the head of household, it’s your responsibility to keep your family safe. From buying the safest cars on the market to encouraging your children to wear helmets when they’re riding their bikes, it’s a father’s job to protect. But there are times when you may find yourself away on business, unable to keep your family out of harm’s way. Here are some simple solutions to keep your family safe while you’re out of town:
Security Camera Systems
If you’re concerned about potential break-ins while you’re gone, consider installing a security camera system, like those made by Lorex Technology. Choose a system that meets your needs. The Family Handyman offers a how-to guide for installing an outdoor security camera system. All you will need to install your new system is a drill and a screwdriver. Be sure to prep before installation and create a diagram of your home so you can determine where the cameras should be placed.
Home Protection Signage
According to Nationwide, homes without advanced security systems are three times more likely to be broken into. Nationwide also reports that a U.S. home is burglarized every 15 seconds. Having a home protection system in place and displaying home protection signs on your door, in your yard or in your windows can deter criminals. Take precautions to decrease your odds of a home invasion.
Technology allows you to check in with your family. Built-in smartphone application like iPhone’s Facetime allows you to see your family face-to-face when you’re on a call. Simply seeing your family can give you peace of mind.
Other smartphone apps can help you track your teens while you’re away. Life360 is an app that displays each user’s location via GPS tracking and the app provides a check-in system and messaging so that the entire family can stay connected. The app also features a panic button that can be used if your family encounters any unsafe situations.
If you’re concerned about your children’s activity online, it may be wise to monitor Web activity with the Family Cyber Alert. The program lets you keep a watchful eye on all Internet activities including email, chat and messaging, websites, applications, keystrokes and file access. This way, you’ll get an idea of what your kids are doing while you’re out of the house.
Neighbor Check In
Ask a couple of your trusted neighbors to check in with your family each day to ensure that everyone is doing OK while you’re traveling. According to Houseworth, neighbors who are on friendly terms are less likely to be victimized by other members of the community and close-knit neighbors are more likely to call the police if they see a potential threat on your property. Hosting those summertime community barbecues, attending the neighborhood block parties and making nice with your neighbors may benefit you and your family in the long term when it comes to protecting your assets and your family.