Child Safe Drawer Locks
If you own a firearm to protect your loved ones, and you keep it in a locked cabinet, it's also probably smart to have a kind of locking safety for it, as well. This ensures that if you forget to lock your cabinet, or if your child somehow manages to bypass your cabinet lock, they still won't easily be able to set off your firearm.
And cabinet locks are not just about preventing theft at the hands of criminals, however. Any parent of a teenager knows the dangers of keeping alcohol in the house. My parents were trusting enough not to employ a lock on the liquor cabinet, and as soon as it piqued my interest to do so, I readily absconded with a bottle of Jack Daniels. I was fortunate enough to sample the stuff alone, however, and I didn’t like it much at the time. I was also away from the influence of my peers, who could have encouraged me to consume far more than was safe. If your kids were to get their hands on a bottle of hard liquor, and face even a little peer pressure to drink too much of the stuff, they could be in serious trouble.
It may not come as a surprise to you that many of us take our safety for granted. A deadbolt on the front door and some simple locks on the windows make us feel perhaps a bit safer than they should, as it's incredibly easy for a professional criminal to bypass such meager defenses. And there are surely certain items around your house that you would be terribly sad to lose. Even losing something as simple as a cell phone can be heartbreaking, especially if there were pictures or other personal data that you hadn't backed up.
Of course, at a certain age kids will become smart enough and capable enough to bypass such a simple device. That's where slightly more advanced cabinet locks come in, and these are the ones that you will also want to employ if you're concerned about theft. Cabinets made of thin woods or synthetic materials that aren't particularly strong might not have what it takes to support the weight of the largest cabinet locks on the market. A simple lock that opens with a key, similar to the mechanisms used on fireproof lock boxes, would be ideal for a cabinet like this. Heavier-duty cabinets, especially those guarding particularly valuable or particularly dangerous items like jewelry or firearms, should really have the best security money can buy. These cabinet locks are big, heavy, tough, and most rely on the user to input a combination in order for them to open.
Another great way to increase your safety is to invest in some kind of security camera. These come as part of DIY security systems, or as standalone cameras that can send a video feed directly to your smartphone. There are even dummy cameras available if you're more interested in their potential as deterrents to theft, and you don't want to go through the hassle of setting up a camera and checking in on it whenever you feel uneasy.