As it relates to your home and children, it’s essential to make advanced security preparation for both your loved ones and living space. In this world in which we live, it’s common for both parents to still be at work when children arrive at home carrying their own keys. This can end up being a major security risk for these reasons:
Loss of Keys
Children often lose keys – they simply misplace, or are stolen from, or the lanyard or clip-on breaks off.
Children aren’t vigilant about keeping their keys hidden – they leave them visible where they can be stolen. Any visible keys can be photographed and decoded with a smartphone app that allows criminals to make viable copies of the key from scratch.
Many home invasions are carried out by people who already know what you have in your home – they could be friends of friends or really anyone. Children aren’t as mindful about privacy as adults – so they could inadvertently reveal the hiding space for keys to a criminal.
These are just a few specific examples as to what risks regarding children and keys are common. Here’s some potential solutions that you can implement in order to prevent any unfortunate events from occurring due to children’s lack of vigilance regarding security.
Electronic Keypad Deadbolts
Install an electronic keypad deadbolt – not a wi-fi optimized one, as these can easily be hacked. Electronic keypad deadbolts can be programmed with custom codes – which you can assign specifically for separated children. The codes can easily be changed – and should be, often – with the conservative recommendation being a monthly change. The security of your family is always of primary importance.
Allow your children to enter your home from only one specific door only, and call you as soon as they safely arrive home.
Install a camera near your front door or entrance – this way you will be able to track any visitors who your children might be bringing into your house. Since they only have access to the front door, you have complete monitoring of any visitors they let in. You can utilize double keyed deadbolts on all the other doors so that your children can’t open them to let in any unapproved visitors.
The best thing about electronic keypad locks is that if your children forget their code, they can simply call you and ask you for it. This is a fantastic solution because you won’t have to head out of work in order to let them in – and you’ll be able to monitor that they are home, and not out somewhere else that’s not secure waiting for you to get there.