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Burglars and Bedrooms: Keeping Your Kids Safe at Night

The challenge of keeping your kids safe at night can be enough to prevent you and your neighbors from getting any sleep. During the day, you can be an active defender for your child, ensuring nothing bad happens to them. At night, however, if something happens, it will be much harder for you to react quickly. That’s why it’s so important to take measures to keep your children safe from harm, even when you’re fast asleep.

Remove Opportunity

One of the best ways to protect your children from intruders is to make it as hard as possible for them to enter your home. This means that you must put away all ladders, step stools, and any other tool that could be used to gain access to an upper level. Additionally, it’s important that you ensure all hand tools and power tools are put away, as these could be used to easily break a window, allowing quick access to your child’s room.

Protection on the Outside

When it comes to stopping intruders, most people focus on security measures that are located inside their homes. These measures, while important, are no match for the power of security measures that protect the exterior of your home. One such device is roller shutters. Rolling shutters provide a strong barrier that prevents or slows down an intruder from entering your home through a door or window. These barriers are strong enough that most intruders won’t even attempt to enter a house that has them in place.

Live Protection

Passive protection measures, such as an alarm system, can provide a certain level of protection. However, live protection measures tend to be much more effective. One example of a live or active protection measure is a large dog. Many intruders will quickly run away if they realize there is a large, protective dog on the premises. What’s more, even if an intruder should find a way to make it your child’s room, it’s very likely that a dog would make it nearly impossible for the intruder to do your child any harm. It’s also a good idea to work with your neighbors and consider setting up a neighborhood watch. Setting up a watch encourages neighbors to pay attention, look out for each other, and support the safety of the whole community.

Nightly Check

You can have a variety of protection measures in place, but they won’t do any good if they’re not operating during the night. That’s why it’s so important to do a nightly check of your various protection measures to ensure they’re ready to go. Many burglars and home intruders enter in through your front door, or an unlocked window. For example, something as simple as the window locks in your child’s room can easily be unlocked throughout the day for a variety of reasons. Unless you perform a nightly check, though, you will have no idea that the windows are unlocked, leaving your child more vulnerable. Therefore, try to think like an intruder and correct any potential issues you notice before you head to bed.

Appropriate Instruction

As a last resort, it’s important that your children know how to protect themselves if an intruder comes into their room. While this is a difficult conversation to have, it’s better that your child be prepared in the event that the unthinkable occurs. Using age-appropriate language, teach your child how to scream, bite, kick, and punch to give them the best chance of escape. If you ever encounter an issue, you’ll be glad you had this conversation.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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