Home Security and Family Safety Technology: What to Consider?

AllsWell Team

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Personal safety devices and apps exist to keep family, friends, and our younger and senior loved ones out of harm’s way no matter where they are. The world is evolving, and so are the safety and protection concerns raised by parents around the country. Here are a few statistics for a more detailed picture.

  • Over 1 million children are reported missing every year, according to The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

  • In 2019, more than 7,000 children and teenagers died from unintentional injuries, including drowning, poisoning, fire, crashes, and falls.

  • There has been a significant surge in homicide crimes in the US between 2020 and 2021.

  • The elderly are still at a high risk of homicides in the US in 2021. 

That said, there is no better time to invest in safety for children, friends, and family than now. In this article, we’ll see how parents at home protect children from danger, learn about different safety items, and how to monitor your family’s safety with personal safety apps.

Adult Safety Versus Child Safety Monitoring: What to Consider? 

Anyone can be an easy target for malicious attackers. Children and the elderly are considered easier targets for criminal activity. Both are often victims of abuse and more severe cases ranging from assault, rape, murder, and abduction, just to mention a few.

There is no doubt that law enforcement is already doing its part to protect the children and other citizens from criminal activity. However, law enforcers are stretched far too thin, meaning the burden of personal safety along with safety for children falls on individual shoulders. Everyone has a responsibility in maintaining safety at home and protecting their loved ones from harm.

Here are a few things to consider regarding adult and child safety:

Child Safety

Safety for children begins at home. From setting up safety rules around the house, keeping plastic bags away from sight, avoiding sharp-edged furniture, and constant cleaning, achieving safety at home for kids is easier said than done. 

So, what factors should you consider in child safety?

  • Age of the Child

Toddlers are not at the highest risk as they are always close to their parents and guardians. On the other hand, school-going children and teenagers are more exposed to risk on their way to school, while playing, or, when left home alone.

  • Possible Risks Involved

Children of all ages are exposed to an avalanche of safety risks from abduction, child trafficking, child labor, separation from the family, and heavy psychological burdens passed down from the worst kinds of traumatic experiences.

With a clear understanding of the risks involved, parents can find possible solutions and plan for response. For example, they can organize daily transport from home to school or purchase wearable safety devices for kids.

Deploy the Principles of Child Protection

Every parent/guardian is responsible for their child’s safety. The five principles of child protection are basically child protection tips designed to enable responsible parents to identify and respond to child abuse along with other crimes against children. They include prevention, protection, parental responsibility, paramountcy, and partnership.

Adult Safety

Adults are also victims of the same issues affecting children. For instance, the WHO says that over 200,000 global homicides involve people aged 10-29. Interestingly, one of the main risk factors identified is poor supervision of children by parents. 

With that, here are a few factors to consider when monitoring adult safety.

  • Overall Health of the Person

People living with chronic health conditions, heart disease, epilepsy, dementia, and other serious illnesses require special care and constant monitoring. Draft safety measures, assign qualified caregivers, create geo-fences and talk to their healthcare providers to ensure they follow strict safety measures to keep them out of danger.

  • Neighborhood/Environmental Concerns

If your loved ones live in a crime hotspot, there is a high risk of danger. Take strict safety measures by installing burglar alarm systems, wearable safety devices, monitoring apps, panic buttons, and emergency alerts.

  • Geographical Distance

Does your friend or family live miles away? You need a personal safety monitoring solution with wide coverage. While most monitoring apps cover the entire country, not all can push the boundaries further. The AllsWell Alert App provides 24/7 inactivity monitoring and international coverage to assure the safety of your loved ones wherever they are.

Family Safety Protection: What Features Are Required to Protect the Security of the Whole Family?

There are tons of safety monitoring apps out there. Choosing the best is rather a challenge than a solution, thanks to the wide collection of features in each app. Here is a simplified checklist for the best family safety apps today:

Emergency Calls

Emergency call features enable your kids, friends, and family to contact you in times of an emergency. Most personal safety apps support this feature. Your loved ones can choose emergency contacts to receive calls and messages in times of a crisis.

24/7 Unobtrusive Monitoring

Accidents and emergencies are not easily predictable. No one sees them coming. When looking for a personal safety app for your family, choose one with 24/7 monitoring working unobtrusively in the background so as not to invade their privacy.

GPS Tracking

Precise geolocation is crucial in times of an emergency. A safety app for your family should provide a precise location to the emergency contacts and first responders in case of an emergency.

Data Security & Encryption

Improper data security has led to all sorts of problems, from identity theft and leaked confidential data to fraud. Whether you’re observing safety at home for kids or simply keeping tabs on your elderly parents, always go for a trustworthy app with a strict data policy. 

Other general features to look for in a safety app include emergency contacts, a panic button, customizable messages, alarms, and reminders.

Installable Security Systems for At-Home Safety Versus Mobile Apps for Outside Safety Monitoring

Security systems such as motion detectors, heat sensors, CCTV cameras, intrusion warning systems have played an essential role in enhancing safety over the last few decades. Over 38% of Americans use a security system as more parents at home protect their children through child protection devices such as safety gates, smoke detectors, monitoring systems, and more.

So, how do installable security systems match up to mobile apps?

First of all, installable systems are suitable for home use. It is impossible to carry them for outdoor use; hence they can’t protect you enough when outside. For that, you’d need a safety app installed on a portable device like your smartphone.

Installable systems also have multipurpose functionalities like smoke detection, burglar detectors, while others automatically call 911 the moment they spot an intruder in your home. Mobile safety apps work slightly differently. Although they will not automatically call 911 if you’re attacked, some will record video and audio evidence and send emergency alerts when things go south.

AllsWell Alert as a Wearable Mobile Safety Monitoring App for Family Safety

Nowadays, convenience wins the race, especially during the tough times brought by the global pandemic. The AllsWell Alert App is your guardian angel, watching over you and your loved ones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with handy features like inactivity monitoring, pre-alert-triggered GPS tracking, privacy data protection, international coverage, personalization of settings, and more. 

All you need to do is visit the AllsWell Alert website and create your profile, add your emergency contacts, and then download the Android version or iOS version.

Get in touch with the AllsWell Alert team today for more information on how the product can help you.

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