One of the challenges of deployment is that you may feel powerless to protect your family back home when you are so far away. If you tend to be the protector in your family, the thought of your spouse and children all alone may give you anxiety and distract you from your work. The best approach is to work with your spouse to get a few security measures in place so that you can gain peace of mind knowing your family is safe. Here are four tips for doing so:
Install Security Cameras
Security cameras are a great way to protect your family and your property. Many would-be criminals will be deterred from breaking in when they notice a camera. In addition, your spouse will be able to catch vandals or anyone suspicious on camera and show the video to military police if necessary. Modern security cameras can be monitored remotely from a smartphone or laptop, and both you and your spouse can have access.
Add Motion-sensing Lights
Motion-activated outdoor flood lights will stop a burglar in their tracks since criminals prefer to break in under the cover of darkness. And since they only come on when activated by movement, they won't have much impact on your electric bill either.
Ask Someone to Check In
Whether they're called the rear detachment or the family readiness officer (depending on your branch), the soldiers who stay behind and serve as family points of contact during a deployment are a valuable resource. It's a good idea to ask a soldier you trust to check in on your spouse from time to time. In addition, encourage your spouse to join a spouse support group.
This will not only allow them to socialize and bond with those who understand their situation, but will also boost their safety by giving them several options for people to call if something suspicious happens around the home.
Switch to a Smart Door Lock
Instead of giving out spare keys to dog walkers, repairmen, and others, it's much more secure to switch to a smart door lock. These can be programmed from a smartphone to only let your family in the home, and allow temporary access on a case-by-case basis to others. It will also prevent the inconvenience and expense of lock-outs.
By following these tips before you deploy, you can avoid spending your deployment worrying about your family's safety and focus on the mission at hand instead. Contact a security firm, like Arapahoe County Security Center Inc, for more help.