Keeping children safe at home is a top concern for every parent. Thankfully for parents, smart home technology has also meant that keeping an eye on your offspring is simpler and more effective than ever even when you aren’t in the same room.
Learn more about the smart home security devices that can improve child safety and security in your home and give you peace of mind.
With many car companies introducing keyless vehicles, it should no longer be a surprise that there are keyless door locks available for your home as well. While some smart locks operate via a keypad, some require an app to make them work.
A smartphone will wirelessly communicate with the lock via Bluetooth or home Wi-Fi. All you need to do after installing the smart lock is download the app, set it up and voila!
Some companies will even allow you to assign a “key” to your family members, allowing you to track whoever enters and exits the house (and exactly when they do – so you’ll know when your teen REALLY got home).
Sometimes it can be unavoidable to leave your home empty until late at night. And an unlit home may look inviting to potential thieves who assume it’s empty. An easy way to solve this problem is by installing light timers. These lights will switch on at your programmed time, allowing certain rooms in your home to be filled with brightness. This system will definitely ward off any thief who wants to break into your home. If you have smart lights installed, these can also perform the same feature, usually controlled via the light’s control app.
Security camera with motion sensor
While your security camera may record what the burglar is doing, it will be even more effective when coupled with a motion sensor. While some may think that motion sensors are just for high-risk areas like a museum or bank, they are also useful at home. Once an intruder comes within proximity of the motion sensor, it will immediately set off an alarm to alert you.
If you’re worried about it going off every night due to your pet’s nighttime roaming, some allow you to opt for a pet-immune sensor to exempt your beloved furry creatures from its detection – so no false alarms at 3am.
You might be wondering what’s the difference between hidden cameras and remote video access. Remote video access pertains to cameras inside the home.
As the name indicates, hidden outdoor cameras are situated outside the home to record anyone who dares enter your home without your authority. These cameras can be hidden in a birdhouse, camouflaged in a drainpipe, situated inside your doorbell or even as decor. It’s important to make sure sure the cameras are in a position where they can easily record anything going on near the exterior entrances of your home such as the front door and garage.
Home security isn’t just limited to outside threats trying to get in but can be a helpful tool when it comes to keeping children safe at home. For instance, window sensors are a great way to let you know not only when a burglar may be trying to enter your home, but also when a little one may be getting too close to the window when trying to take a peek outside.
Establishing a secure home — whether it’s a home security system or a few of the devices on our list — in addition to following some child safety and security tips is important to protect you and your family.
Originally published 06/15/16. Last updated 09/18/19.