There’s something about being alone in a house that suddenly makes you notice all the bumps and creaks at night. It can be hard to adjust to living alone in a new place, especially if you’re used to having lots of people around.
But there are plenty of things you can do that will make you more secure. Follow these tips so that you can sleep soundly at night, knowing that you’re safe and well.
Know your Neighbors
Nowadays, most Americans haven’t even had a conversation with their neighbors. It can be a hard enterprise when you move around a lot. However, knowing your neighbors will help you be much more secure in your new home. Neighbors look out for each other, and knowing who’s coming and going on your street will help you know when something is actually a threat, and when it isn’t. If you need help at some point, or if you’re away for a while, it’s easier to call on a friend than a total stranger who just happens to live next to you.
Don’t Bring Danger Home
There are many safety tips for your home that start when you’re away from home. This includes thoroughly vetting your friends, dates, and acquaintances. Don’t invite someone to your home if you don’t know them. Don’t give out your location or your situation on social media where anyone can access them. If there’s something going on that makes you uncomfortable, report it and avoid the situation. Most attacks, sadly, are perpetrated by people who know the victim, or who have at least met them. Personal safety habits throughout your daily life will mean more safety at home.
Have a Security System
This can give you peace of mind that you’re secure in your own home. It also gives you someone to call on if something happens. Furthermore, displaying the fact that you have a security system in place will deter casual criminals. Let them know that you’re not lax about security, and you won’t be an easy target.
Check the Basic Security Measures
This includes the basics of entry points and locks. If you rent a house, you have a right to a secure place. Do a sweep of the place. Do the deadbolts work? Do all windows close and lock? Are there easy access points, like broken garage doors? Bring them up with your landlord. It’s illegal for them to rent out a place that doesn’t have proper security measures.