Teaching Teens to Value Home Security

off-campus livingSome weeks ago, a Southern California teenager was pistol whipped, bound, gagged and locked in a bathroom after opening his front door in the middle of the afternoon to two criminals intent on robbing his home. Fortunately, the young man survived this attack and was eventually able to free himself and escape to a neighbor’s home. Unfortunately, this sort of crime happens all too frequently.

Some teenagers have a tendency to believe that certain crimes cannot or will not happen to them. While adults will often express these same sentiments, teens may not be as aware of the dangers that lurk all around them. In particular, teens may not be as educated about home security as the average adult. And they may not understand the importance of such an education, especially if they do not make an effort to stay abreast of local news stories like the one described above.

Teens are also less likely to truly grasp the importance of keeping an alarm system armed at all times, protecting a system’s passcodes or even why it is necessary to use a device like the Optex iVision Wireless Door Video Intercom. Our thoughts go out to the young man victimized by criminals inside of his home, but we want everyone to know that crimes like these can be avoided with the use of devices like video door intercoms which allow residents to answer a front door via video interaction while safe and secure behind a locked door (and an armed alarm system).

Here are a few ideas which may help teens become more interested in the need for practicing good home security at all times:

Share Recent News Events

As parents, we often worry about frightening our children with news of real world events. That’s understandable since, heck, a lot of these stories scare the pants off of most adults, too. Still, teenagers are already exposed to copious stories of violence and crime and most know how to put these events into perspective. Whether fictional or real, tales travel through word-of-mouth, video games, movies and television shows to the point where even the most sheltered teen is aware of the fact that the world can be a dangerous place. While young folk may not identify with real life danger in their own world– or that which is even lurking in their own neighborhoods– teenagers are old enough for serious conversations about crime and danger and it is our duty as adults to teach them how to avoid these things.

When you hear or read about home invasions, violent crimes and burglaries in the news, don’t hesitate to bring these events to your teenager’s attention and open the doors of discussion. Remind them to be aware of their surroundings at all times, even while at home. Also remind them of the control that they have over their own personal and home security by relying on their own awareness and by putting security tools to work.

Family First

Often, people assume that teens are too self-absorbed to care about much outside of themselves. While this may be true in some cases, most young people care a great deal for family members and their safety. Remind young people of their role in not only keeping themselves safe, but in keeping the family safe through good home security habits.

A few particular things that you may want to advise teens to do while at home alone include:

     Always arming an alarm system even when at home during daytime hours

     Not listening to loud music (especially with headphones) that will prevent a teen from hearing a burglar trying to gain entry to a home

     Never allowing friends to see a passcode when arming or disarming an alarm system

Consider Teen-Friendly Security Devices

What teen doesn’t love a smartphone? Using the fascination with mobile technology to one’s advantage, parents with teenaged children should really consider home security devices that can be remotely controlled via a smartphone. For example, the iSmart Alarm is getting rave reviews on our main site because it is easy to install and use and it is a very effective alarm system. Teenagers will also appreciate that it can be operated via an iOS or Android app and that it will send a notification to an associated smartphone whenever a home’s security has been breached.

Home Security Is a Family Affair

A familiar trend among young people involves feelings of invincibility. Teens often believe that they can handle adult or dangerous situations with more ease than most adults would. And to be fair, a lot of teenagers are wise beyond their years and are very resourceful, as well as fast thinkers– especially when confronted with danger. Still, just as adults need to be aware of and practice good home security measures, teens do too.

Let’s Hear It

Do you have teenagers in your home? Do they regularly practice good home security? What are some of your best tips for getting young people to understand the importance of properly using burglar alarms, security lighting and other home security devices? We welcome your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Ralph Winn

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