Are your kids coming home to an empty house? That brief period between the end of the school day and the end of your workday may only be an hour, but it can feel like an eternity to a worried parent. With the start of the new school year just around the corner, it’s important to think about how to create a safer and more secure environment for your child and better peace of mind for yourself! Here are a few ways that you can use your home security system to enhance your child’s after school safety.
Get Notifications When They Get Home
You can set specific codes for your home security system just for your kids; it’s different from the standard code you use, and you only give it to your kids. When they enter this unique code to disarm the system as soon as they get home, you can get a notification on the code’s usage on your smartphone through our free app.
If you have a Yale Z-Wave Door Lock, you can also set a unique passcode on the lock itself that will notify you of their arrival. This, however, should not be used as an alternative to arming your system, because it’s important to protect your home while everyone is away as well as once your child or children are home alone.
Auto-Unlock the Door for Better After School Safety
Getting locked out is a helpless feeling for your child. But with the August Smart Lock Pro, you can configure the lock to automatically unlock when your child is within a given range! No key, no problem.
Keep an Eye on Them
Cameras aren’t just for catching the bad guys in the act. Placing our security cameras in common or high traffic areas means you can check in on your kids or pets through 24/7 live streams at any time. And with two-way audio, you can make sure your kid is A-OK!
Rearm the System Once They’re Home
Once the kids are home, it’s a good idea to rearm the system. A seasoned criminal may begin to notice your child is home alone during certain times of the day and could try to break in before you get home. Boost your security by taking a moment to train your child how to not only lock the front door but to re-arm the security system.
Light Controls for Better After School Safety
Coming home from school in the winter months can mean total darkness, a hazard to younger children. With Z-Wave Appliance Modules, you can turn on lamps in your home from your smartphone app. Not only does it provide the much-needed light for your kid, but it makes burglars believe someone is home before your kid arrives.
We are wishing you a safe and happy school year! If you have any questions about setting these features up with your existing Protect America system, or if you are interested in installing an affordable monitored home security system, give us a call today at 1-888-951-5136.