The move to a first apartment is an exciting time in your adult child's life, but it can make you nervous. You may be concerned about his or her safety and security when not under your roof. Fortunately, you and your locksmith can put a few safety measures in place to help keep your child safe in a new home. Here are just a few ideas to consider.
Add Key Pad Locks
Your adult child will be learning the responsibilities of living on his or her own, and keeping an eye on house keys may not be the first thing on your child's mind. A key pad entry door lock requires only that he or she remembers the pass code, so you can worry less about your child getting locked out. This also prevents previous tenants from being able to gain entrance into the apartment. Consider having a special code added to the lock so you can enter the residence as well.
Install A Wireless Camera System
A wireless camera system can be a great addition to your adult child's apartment. You can have a camera installed near each entrance to the apartment, which can help to deter would-be thieves. Be sure to choose a system that can be operated remotely with a smartphone. This enables your child to keep an eye on the apartment when away, and it can also let him or her view who is at the door before answering. Having an eye on the exterior of the apartment can provide your child with an added sense of safety.
Reinforce Window Locks
Reinforcing window locks is a particularly good idea if your child lives in a first-floor or garden apartment, but it's a best practice to consider no matter where the apartment is located. Have your locksmith inspect the windows for vulnerabilities, and replace any broken locks as needed. If locks have been painted over, remove the paint and inspect them for damage. You may also want to consider placing small dowel rods in the tracks of sliding windows for added protection against break-ins.
It's a good idea to have your residential locksmith inspect the property with you before your child moves in. This can help you to determine if there are any other safety and security measures you should take. With the right equipment in place, your adult child can feel comfortable and at home in a first apartment.
For more information, contact a business such as Gene's Lock & Key.