Child Safety Tips Near a Sex Offender

If you live near a registered sex offender, you may be concerned about the safety of your child. While many towns and cities now require registered sex offenders to stay on the registry, notify their neighbors that they are a registered sex offender and even put up signs on their lawns informing others, there are still some things that you can do yourself to keep your children safe while still feeling comfortable in your own neighborhood.

Although most registered sex offenders no longer pose much of a threat to anyone, you can never be too careful; and it is better to be safe than sorry. As a parent, it is important to make the right decisions in protecting your children from potential danger.

Home Security Systems

Not only are home security systems useful in the event of a break-in to steal valuables throughout your house, but will also provide you with the peace of mind to know that your children are safe in their own homes. Although unlikely, sex offenders may get the idea of breaking into a home in the neighborhood to prey on a minor. With a home security system, you are protecting one of the most precious things in your home, children. When the security system is in place, anyone unwelcome visitor that enters the home will set off an alarm. Not only will homeowners hear this alarm, but it will also alert the police, giving them a chance to catch the criminal. Home security systems provide you with the following.
  • Protect your family, home and valuables by keeping them safeguarded at all times.
  • Detect and record the usage of those who enter and exit the home each day.
  • Monitor activity in your children's rooms. 
  • Top-of-the-line security through visual identification and more.

Teach Your Children About Boundaries and Safety

While children cannot stay cooped up in their homes all day long, it is important to keep them safe from registered sex offenders while outside, at a friend’s house or even at school. Prepare your kids before letting them go out of the house on their own.

Allow your children to have the independence that they deserve without being scared of their neighbors. Teach them to never talk to strangers and to run away and find help in the event of an uncomfortable situation. Teach them to say no to unsafe touching and anything that feels wrong. Make sure that they know to leave situations where they are bribed to do things that they do not want to do or to enter a stranger’s home. Most of all, teach them to not keep secrets from you and always supervise them during outside play.

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