Our Advice For home Safety For Women Living Alone

Written by: Bipasha Basu

Being a woman and living alone in a home is quite a big and daring step in today’s world. We are all social beings and are conditioned to live with other people. We spend almost half of our lives living with our families or friends or with roommates. It can be quite challenging and challenging if you need to move out of your family home and live alone for the first time.

There is also some plus side to this, as the full liberty to eat or sleep whenever you want, decorating the house your way and so much more. Although the most essential thing that you need to be aware and careful about is the security of your home and yourself. There are specific points that you can keep in mind that take the necessary steps to increase the security of your home, thereby keeping yourself safe.

Below are a few of the tips that you can follow when living solo for the first time. This will help you feel secure and accept the fact that you can look after yourself.

1. Aspects of security and safety to consider when you’re on your own

Aside from following the general security guidelines when looking for a home, whether you are living alone or with someone, you need to also take some extra security measures if you are planning to live on your own. These additional measures include- assessing the location of your home, increasing the home security and no over-sharing of personal information.

2. Know your neighbourhood

When you’re planning on shifting into a new place to live alone, try to look for a place which has a safer neighbourhood. Before finalising the move research the locality’s crime rate.

Or if you are out of options to choose where you want to live, it is still better to just look up online regarding the criminal activity in that locality. Many websites have alert options so that if any crime occurs near your locality, you will be notified about it. This feature will keep you aware of the activities going on in the neighbourhood and help you stay cautious.

3. Secure your doors and windows

Most of the burglaries and theft occurs by burglars breaking into the house through open windows and doors. So periodically make sure you lock your doors and windows when you leave the house to prevent this from happening. Even keeping the doors locked while you are outside is also a good idea. This reduces the chances of suffering a home invasion.

Make sure that the locks of the front door and lower level windows are sturdy enough. The best option is to change the entire lock when you move in. You can install a smart lock and a door and window sensor to further increase the security. This will solve the problem of carrying keys with you wherever you go. You can just unlock the same doors by using the app of the security company installed in your smartphone.

4. Consider the access to and from your home

There are many more ways on how you can prevent the entry of any intruder in your home harder. You can install exterior lighting to make it difficult for any burglars to approach the home. Other options include building a strong fence surrounding the home, trimming the bushes near the house and many more.

It is also crucial to always have a backup plan. In case, God forbid! The burglars enter into your home, in that time you must be ready with an exit plan. Learn how to remove the screens from your bedroom window, if you are living in a second-floor room, keep an emergency ladder in the house. Also, make sure you have thought of a way to call for help in such emergency cases.

5. Don’t advertise the fact that you live alone

One of the ways on how you can deter the burglars and intruders is by keeping your home well lit at night. This makes people think that many people are staying in that house. Keep the blinds and curtains always closed in your home so that no one standing on the street can see the inside of your home. Invite people over to your place frequently. Another important thing, never mention your full name on the nameplate or on the mailbox. Just mention your last name. This will help in letting a lesser number of people know that you live alone.

Do not let any stranger inside the house when you are alone. Install a CCTV camera on the exterior of the front door. In that way, you will know who is outside. In situations where you have to give access to unknown people inside your home like the plumber or the technician- call a friend and invite them over during that time for extra precaution.

6. Share information only with those you trust

Try to establish a friendly relation with your neighbours by trying to know about them and their families. They will help you by letting you know about any unusual activity, check up on you to see if you are doing okay or not or by just being there for you during some kind of emergency.

Keeping your front yard cleaned, lawn mowed and mailbox getting overflown, you can avoid the burglars from targeting your home.

 Do not overshare about your whereabouts on social media. Do not post pictures which will let strangers know about your location or living situation or when you are on vacation. You can post them after your return home.

But in case you are going out, share your location with your friend or a member of your family so that someone knows where you are if any emergency arises.

7. Consider these other measures

While living alone, you need to be ready for the worst-case scenarios. Try joining a self-defence class. This will not only help you defend yourself in case you are physically attacked but also gives you the confidence and mental strength. Plus there is nothing wrong in staying physically fit. Even if you are thinking long term, you can also consider adopting a dog. Dogs will protect their owners when they are out for a walk and also drive the intruders away by barking. Moreover, dogs are great companions.

Elderly people living on their own should take extra precautions. Besides the basic rules and regulations, they should also follow the safety protocol designed by keeping elderly individuals in mind. Issues like danger of falls, memory loss and fading senses maybe impose a threat on older people who are living alone.

8. Preparation -provides peace of mind for individuals living alone for the first time

Bu taking some simple precautions, you can ensure that you can make this new phase of your life safer and comfortable. Take the necessary steps required to secure your house and be prepared in case of any emergencies. Installing a security system is also a good idea, as it will make sure that you are safe all the time and the security companies will send for help as soon as they are alerted of any emergency situation.

So these are some of the advice that you can take when you are living alone in an unknown/new place for the first time.

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