As liberating as living alone can be, let’s face it, it’s also scary. This blog is going to detail five tips to help you feel less afraid during the night, or the day, when you’re living on your own.
- Invest in a security door (or at least change your locks)
If you really want to add an extra level of protection, purchase a security door. Often metal, any attack or force on one of these doors is bound to make a ton of noise, something criminals are very keen to avoid.
As well as this, it provides an extra door for somebody to try to get through, making it just that little bit harder for them to actually enter the property.
If this is a little out of budget for you, changing the locks on your doors, especially if you lose a key, may give that peace of mind that nobody unwanted has access to your home.
- Install security alarms
There are a vast range of intruder alarm installers for you to pick from as well as a variety of alarms themselves. From fancy alarms that send signals straight to the police, to panic alarms that alert those around you that something isn’t right, you’ll be certain to find something that works for you on the market.
- Secure your garage
While garages are one of the greater modern designs, they’re also quite a big vulnerability when it comes to protecting your home. Because of the rope on the inside of the door that allows the automatic door motor to be disengaged, gaining access to your garage is pretty easy for anyone who knows how.
In order to prevent this, make use of a zip tie by securing it around the release rope so it’s the door is unable to be disengaged. The benefit of this DIY trick is that you can still use the rope for emergencies.
- Make use of lighting
Realistically it would be very difficult to burgle a house without any form of light. Instead of shrouding your house in darkness and making yourself extra vulnerable, consider a motion sensor light that will target light onto anyone who comes within a certain distance of your house.
Burglars or other criminals are likely to bypass a property that gives anyone a clear view of what they’re up to.
In a similar way, criminals will avoid houses with CCTV cameras for obvious reasons. Research suggests that even investing in dummy cameras will act as a great deterrent because the potential offender would then have to weigh up the pros and cons of committing a crime in this area. More often than not they’ll decide that the risks outweigh the benefits and will move on.
Hopefully these tips help you to feel a little less afraid and spend a little more time enjoying living on your own. In the majority of cases you’ll find that the fear of something happening is scarier than the thing itself, so don’t be scared to sleep alone. It’s extremely unlikely you’re as unsafe as you feel.