Living alone can be great! Pants are optional and you don’t have to share… anything! But there are two sides to every coin, and one-person households are an easier target for crime. So how do you keep yourself safe while embracing your solo lifestyle? Here are 5 tips to get you started:
Take a self defence class
While the safest advice is to run away if you can, taking a self defence class goes a long way to building your confidence for when you feel vulnerable and alone. Knowing you’re better able to defend yourself will influence how you approach any potential issue for the better, and lower its risk.
Brush up on home security
See your home through the eyes of a burglar, and notice where and how you’re making it easy for them to gain entry. Aside from the usual sensible routine of always locking the door behind you and keeping valuables out of sight, investing in security shutters can be a great way to protect your home’s weakest points (the windows). It also helps you sleep peacefully, knowing you’re protected.
Get to know your neighbour
Strike up a friendly relationship with your neighbours. While nobody likes overly nosey neighbours, being on friendly terms means, for example, you’ll be able to rest assured there’s someone keeping an eye on your place while you’re away. This may mean you’ll have to return the favour, but it’s often worth the trouble!
Have an emergency exit plan
It’s hard to think in an emergency, so it pays to plan ahead. Knowing where your spare keys are, planning your exit route and also having someone to contact at short notice, are all critical steps of your plan. Even if you never end up using it, being armed with a plan can be the difference between being able to keep a clear head or panicking in the face of possible threat.
Be careful of what you share online
The innocent days of social media use are long gone. If you’re living alone it’s important to think carefully about what you share on social media, and with whom. Burglars are known to scan social media when looking for easy targets, so keep your holiday plans or the fact that you live alone off your platforms. Here it’s better to be the mysterious stranger you always dreamed of!
Check out our Burglar’s Guide to Burglar Proofing for more tips that help ensure your home remains your safe haven. Or if you’d prefer to chat in person, drop us a line! We’d be happy to chat all things security shutters with you and see how they could help solve your security concerns with no hassle at all.