Living alone can be blissful. You have an air of independence that nobody can take away from you. You can decorate your house the way you want, host as many parties as you like and keep it as tidy or dirty as you want. However, living alone isn’t just a bed of roses. With this type of complete and absolute independence comes the responsibility of keeping yourself safe. Whether a man or a woman, everybody experiences some extent of fear when situations go haywire. It could be something as simple as a strong breeze shaking your window that gets you startled or an actual drunk trespasser you should be wary of.
If you’re someone who’s decided to live by yourself, there are certain things you must do to ensure that you’re safe on your own.
Install a Motion Sensor in Your Porch
While at first we thought that keeping your porch lights on from dusk till dawn was the right place to start, a motion sensor seems more energy efficient and scare inducing. This type of sensor turns on the lights the moment it detects any kind of movement in its radius. During the day, this type of sensor can simply activate your security camera to capture the moment so you can review it later. At night, this sensor can turn on the porch lights which will be more efficient in scaring the intruder away. Since the light will not be turned on at all times, this will be energy efficient as well.
Put Your Lights On a Timer
You don’t want to come home to a dark house, especially when you’re late from work. Getting into your house should be the safest thing you do all day and we’re here to ensure it stays that way. To keep you from questioning your safety around your home, you can automate your house and porch lights to turn on at a certain hour. This way, everytime you come home, your house will be properly lit and the situation won’t be as scary as it was before. You can even put the TV on a timer so anybody lapping your house knows that the house is inhabited.
Get a Dog
No, we’re not talking about a chihuahua that you can carry around in your purse, we’;re talking about a big security dog that people would be afraid of. And don’t be shy about it. Put up signage clarifying that you have a big dog and it will bite strangers. Get a doberman, a pit bull or a german shepherd and you’ll find that your house no longer interests a lot of previous trespassers. Having a dog’s company can make living alone easier and you will no longer come home to an empty house.
Invest in an Actual Security System
This includes the whole shenanigan. The cameras, the sensors, real time notifications and a fully established alarm system. With the cloud based surveillance systems available today, you can confirm if there is an intruder at your place while you’re at work and contact the security services (that have installed the system) or contact the police directly for prompt action. Even the car you own can be used as an alarm system if need be. With the remote keyless entries, you can choose to set off your car alarm when you hear someone trying to break in. This will notify your neighbors as well as scare the intruder away.
Know Your Neighbors Before You Move In
If you’re planning to live at a new place by yourself, just finding a good apartment isn’t enough. You must familiarize yourself with the neighbors too. This will help you establish a community that knows you’re living alone and will be available at short notice if an emergency arises. On the other hand, it will also notify you about any shady neighbors that you must be wary of and maintain distance from.
Your apartment complex might also have security personnels that you can familiarize yourself with and stay connected with for immediate help. The private security London can help you by keeping a check on your house when you’re away, especially when there is a shady neighbor lurking around your house.