With the threat of theft or kidnapping, parents have to improve their family’s security. By taking a few safety precautions, families can greatly reduce the risk of an incident happening with their children or pets. Criminals tend to be deterred when there are physical barriers or alarms involved that might give away their identity, making these particular defenses and many more very important.
GPS Trackers & Cellular Phones
Even though many people advise against giving a child a cell phone at a young age, it can actually help to keep the child safe. The phone should have a tracking application in case the child needs to be located. It is also perfect for contacting authorities or parents when the child feels like he or she is in danger. For pets, there are many GPS location devices that can assist with recovering a lost or stolen pet. These devices are generally easy to use with an existing collar.
Fencing is great at keeping pets and kids in, while keeping wildlife and strangers out. The fence should be 5 to 6 feet tall and very sturdy. It should be hard to climb over, impossible to dig under, and the gate should remain locked from the inside at all times. If the gate is rarely used, securing it with a padlock is a great idea as well. Since fencing can be very difficult to install for homeowners, fence companies Lakeland FL can install it with the right equipment in far less time.
Safe Words & Training
Sometimes, it may be necessary to have an individual (that the child doesn’t know) pick up the child for varying reasons. Instead of encouraging children to leave with a stranger on trust alone, give the child a safety word or phrase that the individual must use in order to verify that he or she was sent by the parents. The word could be the vegetable that the child likes the most, the family pet’s name, or the name of the child’s favorite book or character. For pets, they must be trained to avoid strangers and alert their owners of their presence. A dog that runs is hard for strangers to capture.
Keeping children and pets safe is a top priority for most suburban families. The security and peace of mind that parents receive from these methods is worth their weight in gold.