When you live alone, it’s impor­tant to take cer­tain steps to ensure your per­son­al safe­ty and secu­ri­ty. Because there is nobody around to help you in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, it’s a good idea to spend some time and effort set­ting up your home and lifestyle to pro­vide you with the sup­port and secu­ri­ty we all need.

When in Doubt, Fake It

If you hear a strange noise out­side your home, secu­ri­ty experts rec­om­mend call­ing out loud­ly as if address­ing a per­son in anoth­er room. This will make it sound like there is more than one per­son in the house and can help to dis­suade poten­tial bur­glars from attempt­ing to break in.

Make your home an unat­trac­tive tar­get

Most thieves are oppor­tunis­tic and will only attempt to steal from hous­es that look easy. Make yours less tempt­ing by installing heavy locks on base­ment win­dows, putting motion sen­sor lights by all entrances and gates, and keep­ing ground floor win­dows closed at all times. These lit­tle things will make your home much hard­er to break into, great­ly reduc­ing the like­li­hood of an attempt.

Addi­tion­al­ly, ask your home secu­ri­ty provider for addi­tion­al stick­ers stat­ing your home is armed with a sys­tem to place on floor-lev­el win­dows and doors. This will act as a big red flag for any thieves in the area, as most bur­glars are unlike­ly to attempt a break-in of a mon­i­tored home.

Uti­lize Neigh­bor­hood Watch

Get­ting to know your neigh­bors is always a great idea. Neigh­bors who know you are more like­ly to notice if some­one sus­pi­cious is lurk­ing around your home and will noti­fy you or the police if they see some­thing sus­pi­cious.

They will also have a bet­ter idea of your usu­al sched­ule and will notice if you do not clean up your yard or bring your news­pa­per inside, pro­vid­ing you with some secu­ri­ty in case an acci­dent occurs inside the home. Let them know if you are going away for a few days and they will like­ly keep a clos­er eye on your place, watch­ing for bur­glars who may attempt to rob you while you are out of town.

Per­son­al secu­ri­ty is no small mat­ter, but there are many lit­tle things you can do around the home to help improve your feel­ings of safe­ty and secu­ri­ty. Remem­ber to always guard your keys care­ful­ly and don’t hide spares in obvi­ous places. Nev­er put your full name, address, or oth­er per­son­al infor­ma­tion on your keys as, if lost, they may lead some­one right to your door.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.