Top Tips For Staying Safe When Living Alone The first thing I want to say to you is do not and I repeat DO NOT become paranoid about your safety when living alone! Being paranoid isn’t helpful, will stop you doing a lot of wonderful things and quite simply will bore your friends witless! Having got that out the way I am going to tell you to be sensible, I know it is a women’s right to walk down alleyways after dark, but all the talk of human rights etc. won’t stop your heart from pounding whilst you walk down said dark alleyways and won’t stop you from possibly being attacked. Be sensible.
There are many pluses for living alone greater freedom, more space in a home of your own choosing, control of the tv remote etc. etc. But as with most things in life there are drawbacks and personal safety is one of them. Living on your own means that you don’t have someone to check you have got home safely, that you haven’t fallen down the stairs and there isn’t anyone else, but you to check out a suspicious noise late at night.
However setting up some routines and thinking through some responses to situations can allow you to relax and enjoy living alone safely.
1 Get into the habit/routine of keeping your outside door locked. My front entrance door is always locked, my door to the garden is locked unless it is summer and I am moving around the ground floor. Make sure that your have good locks on doors and windows and that you use them. In the summer I may leave an upstairs window open, but it is one that no one without a very long ladder could reach and your average burglar is unlikely to be carry a 10+ foot ladder around.
2 I once had the misfortune to have someone take it into their head to start following me home from work each evening. The Police were very sorry, but an offence hadn’t been committed so apart from a quiet word with the individual (he was well known to them and he knew how far he could go without breaking the law) they could do nothing. But they advised installing a home security system, some are expensive, but quite a few systems are reasonably priced and can be installed by family or a local handyman. I installed the latter and invested in a personal alarm that I carry on me and kept by my bed and I then slept well. I also installed motion sensitive outdoor lights and a dummy camera and that seemed to be a great deterrent as I stopped getting bothered.
3 The above doesn’t cover accidents in the home. If you have a tendency to fall then do get one of those alarms you wear around your neck so at least you have some means to communicate.
4 Have you noticed in the movies that people enter a room after dark and never draw the curtains? They then proceed to undress with the lights on so that the bad guys can peer in. Honestly who does this – no one outside of a Hollywood film. So get curtains, draw them at dusk and not only will they keep your home life private they will also keep the heat in in the winter. Plus of course they hid the fact that there is only you at home.
5 Get to know who your neighbours are, if you or they aren’t the chatty type then at least get to recognise them by sight that way you will be able to know where some one new starts to lurk around your part of the street.
7 Keys – become key conscience. Never leave keys with workmen to let themselves into the house when you aren’t there. Never leave keys where they can be seen through a window or letterbox. Never leave your house keys in your car. Never leave the garage door opener in your car.
As I said at the beginning of this post please don’t become so worried about your safety that you don’t sleep at night and never go out. Just use your common sense and remember that far more people have never been a victim of crime than actually have. Enjoy your solo life and the freedom it offers and enjoy the thought that you are being proactive in keeping safe.