5 Easy Ways to Feel Safe When Living Alone

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There are so many exciting new things that come with living alone. Finally, you can eat exactly what you want when you want it. No more debating about what show to watch or who should wash the dishes. No more asking your roommates to take shorter showers so you can have some hot water too. Unfortunately, living alone also comes with its downsides. Being alone can be scary and it can make you an easy target for burglars and other people who wish you harm. Luckily, there are a few measures you can take to further secure both your home and your personal safety!

 LockAlways Keep Your Apartment Locked

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s surprisingly easy to get complacent about locking up your apartment. No matter how safe your area seems or how well you know your neighbors, it’s important to keep your place on lock down at all times – even when you’re home. You never know if someone might try to break in and the last thing you want is for them to just waltz in like they own the place. Check with your landlord and make sure the locks were changed before you moved in as well. If they say the locks haven’t been changed but they have all the keys from the previous tenants, insist that the locks be changed. After all, you never know who might have had the keys before you or who may have copied them.

Automated Lighting via iPhoneAutomate Your Home Lights

Surprisingly, something as simple as lighting can influence how easy your home or apartment is to break into. If you live in a house, this fact is especially important. The darker your house is, the more easily someone can break in without the neighbors noticing. It’s also much easier to tell whether someone is home or not from the lighting in their house. Putting your lights on a timer or automating them from your phone (take a look at WeMo’s system) not only provides better visibility, but also makes it more difficult to tell whether someone is home or not. If you’re concerned about the costs of leaving lights on when you’re not in, looking into buying long-lasting green energy light bulbs. They’re a bit more expensive, but they use significantly less electricity than regular bulbs!

Secure Sliding DoorsFurther Secure Your Sliding Doors

Though having a porch or patio can be a fantastic feature for reading on warm afternoons or having friends over for weekend breakfasts, it’s not so great for security. Sliding glass doors tend to have pretty crappy locks that can be easily broken, particularly if the person who wants to break in knows what they’re doing. A good way to combat this problem is by adding a little extra security. Find a strong metal rod or sturdy wooden dowel to wedge into the track. If anyone breaks the lock and tries to open the door, they still won’t be able to get in the door. Even if they do manage to somehow break the item securing the door, they won’t be able to get in quietly.

Be Careful About What You Say

Unfortunately, openly talking about how you live alone should be avoided, particularly in any sort of public forum. People simply can’t be trusted and you never know who is listening. Advertising that you live alone could potentially make yourself a target for those that wish you or your personal property harm. Posting things like your schedule on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media is also not recommended. It may seem innocent at the time, but it can leave you open to attacks or robberies.

Get a Dog

Animals, particularly dogs, can be a great deterrent for burglars and other people looking to break into your home. First off, if an invader hears a bark, they have no way of knowing whether your dog is kind to strangers or not. You don’t need to get a large, aggressive dog for this technique to be effective. Even little dogs’ barks can be a cheap alternative to a pricey security system. Of course, it’s important not to get a pet unless you are serious about caring for another creature, and intend to love and care for it properly.

Two young women enjoying a coffee breakHave Friends Over Often

Having friends over frequently for the occasional meal, quick drink, or Netflix binge is one of the best security ideas out there. It not only breaks the monotony of living alone, but also shows any possible attackers that there are people keeping track of your whereabouts.  You have people that care about you and would notice if you suddenly vanished into thin air. There is also the matter of sheer numbers: More people means more difficulty breaking in quietly, unnoticed, and without complications. If nothing else, having friends over often will make you feel like you have a network of people to fall back on if anything bad were to happen to you.


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