There are some wonderful things about living alone – no fighting for the covers, nobody else to clean up after, and having the remote control all to yourself. There are also some challenges, such as needing to take extra precautions with home security. It is not uncommon for criminals to target those living alone, so it is important to utilize as many of these home security tips as possible:
- Keep in Touch – You should have a network of people who know your routine and would check in with you if they saw you deviate from it. If you are injured, this may get you help before it is too late. Plus, if someone is trying to decide if you’d make a good target, seeing this level of attention could make them think twice.
- Close Windows and Curtains/Blinds – The less that people can see about your activities and belongings in the home, the better. An open window makes a very convenient access point for a criminal. If you like to have a window open a crack for fresh air, there are home security products that can sound an alarm if the window is opened far enough to gain access.
- Upgrade Locks – Make sure to have the best deadbolts and locks you can afford. If you are a renter, you’ll have to check first with the landlord, but most have no problem with this improvement to their property, provided you give them a key to the new locks.
- Don’t Share – Be careful who you let know that you live alone and don’t advertise you are the sole inhabitant of your home. For example, on the mailbox, just put your surname rather than your full name or even a first initial.