There are countless perks to living alone, but at the same time, it means there is no one waiting for you at home, or checking up on you, or getting worried if you don’t reach home on time.
Therefore, it is crucial for single women and men to be extra vigilant and implement some added safety measures in their day-to-day lives when living alone.
If you know anyone who lives alone, including your friends, children, and neighbors, share these tips with them to keep them safe.
An Alarm System
If you live alone, an alarm system may be your new best friend. An alarm system will alert you if someone is trying to invade your home. Alarms alert you of any suspicious activity; therefore, allowing you time to leave your residence or call 9-1-1 for help.
A Security Company
You need someone on speed dial when living alone. Someone who can immediately come in and check on you and your house and ensure you are safe if you sense suspicious activity. A contract with a security company is a great way to provide additional safety to you and your family.
…it is crucial for single women and men to be extra vigilant and implement some added safety measures in their day-to-day lives when living alone.
Nightly Security Check
Nightly security checks have always been in place in the shape of our parents handling it before we all became adults. Remember on the TV News when the reporter would sign off by saying, “do you know where your children are?” You are your own parent and you should check each door and window of the house or apartment to make sure that they’re locked. When living alone, always have your phone charged so that you can call someone in case of an emergency.
Always Tell Somebody
Don’t be a hermit! When you live alone keep in touch with your friends by keeping people in the loop about your whereabouts.
One possibility is to have a close friend you keep in touch with that knows if they don’t hear from you something might be wrong. If you do not respond after repeated attempts, they should send someone to check on you or alert the authorities. You might not have someone waiting for you at home, but you can still make sure your friends and family are immediately alerted if you go missing.
With all the wireless products on the market including Ring and Siri that have safety features built in, having a light timer is an important safety measure .
At least one mechanical or electrical light timer should be installed; this will turn on a specific light at a particular time. It will give the illusion to any onlookers that someone is home even when you aren’t. It would also provide security when you get home, with the porch or entrance light turned on.
Another option with light timers are motion sensor-activated lights. These will light up whenever someone activates the sensor by crossing the sensor path.
Generally, burglars watch you for a while to figure out your schedule (pattern) so they can invade your house in your absence. Keeping a varied schedule and coming home at a different time every day makes you an unpredictable target.
Know Your Neighbors
When moving into a new house, if you can trust your neighbors, introduce yourself to yourself and discuss when you are normally home or out and about. Perhaps agree to keep an eye on for each other. When we live independently, we are blessed with several perks, but it is also a risk. To mitigate the risk of home invaders, put safety precautions in place and don’t be an easy target. Keep enjoying solo living while staying safe!