A few weeks ago, in my regular segment on Hashtag Headlines on Saskatchewan Afternoon, host David Kirton commented that, in regards to a parenting topic we were discussing, my husband being a police officer perhaps gave us more insight into the issue at hand. I replied that, in this case and in many, we’re often in the trenches with other parents and are learning as we go as well.
Thinking about our household, I wish I could say that having a policing background gives us a benefit in safety but to be perfectly honest, there is no superhero shield. Our area in the city of Regina has beautiful houses and backs a golf course but that doesn’t make it immune from property crime. In fact, it’s an issue through the warmer months with people constantly posting on the neighbourhood’s Facebook page about their car or garage being broken into overnight. We’ve had our vehicle in the driveway rummaged through more than once.
It’s unsettling knowing someone has touched your stuff. I can’t imagine the feeling a family encounters having their home broken into. I don’t know how I’d talk to my kids about that and ensure them that they were safe. While the chances of an actual break-in may be low, I’m not comfortable playing those odds. I always seem to end up on the wrong side of odds.
This Spring, we are new AlarmForce customers and – surprisingly to some – this is the first time we’ve ever had a home security system. Through our postings with my husband’s job, we’ve been in various communities – one in which everyone left their doors unlocked (which shocked me!) to one where everyone locked their doors and put all the kid’s bikes from the backyard into the garage, lest they disappear over night. Now? I don’t know why we waited so long for simple peace of mind.
Installation was a snap – because I wasn’t the one doing any of it! Instead, we had two helpful and knowledgable AlarmForce employees come into our home and install everything we needed for a secure home this summer. Then, we sat down and looked at how I could navigate my online account at Alarm.com along with the iPhone App.
Included in my
fortress home security system from AlarmForce is (it’s still my fortress, whatever!)
- Keypad panels with easy to navigate buttons which my kids can easily manage
- Motion Detectors on all 3 floors of our home that don’t at all interfere with my labradoodle’s wandering
- Door Contacts so I know when my kids have left the back door open when darting into the yard
- Doorbell Camera which I love love love for deliveries and visits (it has two-way communication!)
- Outdoor Camera to keep an eye on our vehicles in the driveway
- Smart Thermostat to monitor my household temp from my bed upstairs or from my sister’s in Alberta
- Smart Door Locks enabling my kids to not have to carry keys at school, a code will unlock the door
- Mobile App to operate it all!
I told you it was a fortress! We have had the AlarmForce system for just over a month now, and are still learning about all the features available to us. We can even open our Garage Door using the Mobile App, should a neighbor need to borrow something while we’re away.
Yes, away. How do you feel leaving your household and all your contents when you travel over the summer. It’s always left me unsettled, but now I am 100% secure in knowing that our household is protected by AlarmForce and should anything funny happen, from a nosy person breaking a basement window to a weird temperature change on my main floor, I’ll be alerted along with the team at AlarmForce. You can read more about keeping your home safe while on vacation on the Alarm Force blog.
Police officer husband or not, you have to admit that’s a pretty secure feeling as a mom to have.
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