Home Security Advice for Women Who Live Alone
The news is never short of home crimes involving women who live alone. In a recent NBC4i.com report out of Northeast Columbus, Ohio, a woman who lived by herself was shot during a home invasion involving four masked men.
As an independent woman, buying a home and living on your own can be a liberating experience. But that freedom doesn't come without its risks. To protect against these threats and enjoy greater peace of mind, follow this important home security advice.
Home Security Advice for Women
Avoid letting others know you live alone. Just because you live alone doesn't mean everyone needs to know. If you're new to the neighborhood, wait until you get to know your neighbors better before letting them know your living status. Even then be careful who you tell, because you never know who they might pass the information on to. Also, never post information about your living status on social media sites.
Create the appearance that you are not alone. There are various signs that can tip off a burglar or other experienced criminal that you live alone. A car parked in the middle of a garage or driveway is a great example. Some of the things you can do to create the appearance that you are not alone:
- Park your car on one side of your driveway or garage to make it look as if you are waiting for someone else to arrive.
- Have friends and family stop by for a visit as often as possible.
- Place a pair of men's work boots outside your front door to give the appearance that a man lives at the residence.
Get a dog (the bigger the better). There are several benefits to having a dog—especially a large dog. In addition to making a great companion, a dog can increase your sense of security. Through their keen hearing, sight and smell, a dog can alert you of a stranger's presence and other potential dangers. Their bark can also serve as a warning to would-be intruders and even deter their criminal intentions.
Have a home security inspection performed by a certified professional. Hiring a professional to perform a home security inspection can help identify the strong and weak points of your home's security. A certified home security inspector will instruct you on how to better secure your home's entry points and address other important areas, such as outdoor security lighting, landscaping, and home alarm and surveillance systems.
Living alone has its benefits. But as a woman it's important to understand that living alone comes with certain risks. There are a lot of bad people out there, many of which are criminals looking for easy targets. To decrease your risk, put the above advice into action. As a woman, you can never be too safe.
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