Many people think that security systems are meant to deter burglars from breaking into homes and businesses when people aren’t there. That’s true. But perhaps more importantly, a well-designed system will help protect occupants when they are on the premises. One of the best examples of this kind of protection is with kids who are sometimes left home alone—so-called “latchkey kids.”
Imagine for a moment that your son or daughter has just arrived home from school before you get home from work. Suddenly, a stranger leaps from his hiding place in the bushes and orders your child to disarm the security system. This is where the “duress code” feature of a professionally designed and monitored security system would come into play. At the same time, with a video verified security system, your child’s call for help would receive a priority response.
Fast Response is Critical
In this situation, rather than using the real code to your security system, your child would instead input a “duress code.” This would make it appear that the security system has been disarmed, when in fact it sent a silent emergency signal to the central monitoring station. The central station dispatcher, seeing this incoming signal, then immediately dispatches police emergency response.
At the same time, video cameras would be activated that would verify the crime in progress. This critical visual information would be relayed to authorities, helping to ensure the fastest and most appropriate response from law enforcement. You would also be directly notified.
Other applications for child safety are the “check-in” feature, which would tell you (often with a text message to your cell phone), that you child has entered your home safely. You can also receive video verification of this event so, for instance, you can know if your child has brought anyone else home with them.
So if you think a security system is just for catching burglars, talk with us. We’ll be happy to discuss the ways today’s advanced, video verified security systems can give your family greater protection and peace-of-mind.Share