If you know or suspect that your teenager has been sneaking out of your home without telling you where he is going, you may wonder how you can be sure he is safe at home when you believe that he is. Without physically monitoring him the entire time he’s home (which is both invasive and impractical), it can be hard for you to always know whether or not he is home.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have an extra pair of eyes to keep watch over your teen when you cannot? Well, actually, you can—with a quality home security system. There are two primary ways that a home security system can help you with parenting teenagers who sneak out of the home: door and window alarms and security cameras.
Door and Window Alarms
When your teenager sneaks out of the house, he will generally use either a door or window that is easy enough to sneak out of undetected by you, the parents. To prevent this from happening, you can install door and window alarms that will sound when the door or window is opened so that you’ll be alerted whenever someone exits or enters your home.
You essentially have two options for these alarm systems. You can get a home security system that is controlled by a panel with a code and not give your teenager the code. However, if your teen needs to enter and leave the house when you are not home, say for school, a job, an errand or going out with friends, he will need that code to disable and enable the alarm as he comes and goes.
If this is the case, another option is to get an alarm system that is controlled by a remote that only you have access to. This way, you control when the alarm is on, such as when you are going to bed at night. This also prevents your teen from disabling the alarm with the code as he leaves and turning it back on when he gets home, in which case he is able to get around the whole point of the home security system.
Either way, having door and window alarms is a great way to keep an eye on your teen while you are sleeping or otherwise unable to always monitor him.
You can also set up security cameras around your property. You can have these cameras going all the time or only at certain times of day or night when you need to monitor your teenager’s behavior. This physically gives you another eye with which you can monitor your teenager if he is sneaking out or participating in any other illicit behaviors around your home that you want to stop or prevent.
Your teenager may argue that this is invasive, but you should explain that they are ultimately for his protection, and they are preventative measures put in place to either prevent him from sneaking out in the future. Your teenager’s safety is of utmost importance, so you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to monitor his behavior and keep him out of danger.
If you are having issues with your teen sneaking out or participating in dangerous behaviors around your home, a home security system may be just what you need to keep your child safe. For help figuring out which security system might do the job, you can use the SafeWise security system finder tool. This tool allows you to browse and compare different home security system options side by side so that you can determine which system might be best for you and your home security needs.