Category: Home Security

A Safer Home

Thanks for the post from Gus Le

Since I am watching my brother’s two small children this summer, I have decided to take some extra measures to make my home safe for them. I already have a Home security alarm, so I didn’t need to buy one of those.

Te first thing I did to make my home safer was put a fence around my above ground swimming pool. I had two different companies give me estimates for my fence. Since both companies gave me the same price, I decided to go with the company that wanted to put up a metal fence. I also bought a pool alarm for my pool. The alarm goes if there is any movement in the pool.

To make sure the children are safe going up and down the steps. my husband installed a new and sturdy handrail along are steps. We also installed childproof locks on our windows, so we don’t have to worry about the children falling out of the windows.

I also bought a gate to put in front of our steps, so the two year old child cannot climb the steps.

After doing all of these things to my house, I feel that it much safer for my brother’s children to stay with me during the summer.

Neighborhood Watch Doesn’t Always Work

Guest post written by blogger Julie Harwood

In my neighborhood, we have a drug dealer, an ex-convict and two in home daycare centers all on the same street. One of the neighbors has vicious dogs that attack other people’s dogs and the children run around in the street as if cars don’t drive down the street every three minutes. The neighborhood is in a suburban area next to a school, a police station and a 7-11.

The neighborhood watch program in place in our neighborhood is not very effective- if we even have one at all. Because of the neighbor’s drug dealing habits, there are always strange cars driving through the streets, if someone were to break into your house, they would probably tell you the easiest way in. My house is always being watched, but more for the reason that someone wants to break in.

These are the reasons that we have implemented the “house never empty rule”. Our house always has at least one person in it at all times. We have also added outdoor security cameras and an adt fire and security Michigansystem that we have set all the time- even when we are at home. We have recently been considering getting a guard dog for when the kids want to play outside.