Living alone can be a bit scary. If it is the first time on your own, or if you’ve moved to a new city, it can take time to feel comfortable. You need to learn the neighborhood and figure out new routines since you aren’t sharing the errands. You also need to make sure that you always feel safe and secure when you are at home or out and about.
Here are a few safety tips for singles who live alone:
• Sign up for a few magazines or subscriptions with different first names to make it look like other people live with you.
• When a repairman comes over, you can pretend you have a spouse who you need to consult with. Some women even have a men’s jacket and shoes by the front door.
• Make sure you have a home alarm system – even renters or people who move frequently can use wireless security. And don’t give your home security system code to anyone.
• Don’t show off expensive gadgets or leave them in plain sight. Use cabinets and storage units to hide them. If someone gets a peek inside your home, they won’t see anything worth taking.
• If you have a landline, make sure your recording says “We’re not available” instead of “I am not home”.
• When choosing a place to live, stop by and visit during rush hour and in the middle of the day. You can get a sense of how busy the area is and how safe it seems. If you are getting an apartment or buying a condo, notice if the main door is propped open often or if the building seems secure.
• When you are out, don’t wear headphones or talk on your cell phone – it will make you less aware of your surroundings.
• Take self-defense classes. If you feel that you need more protection, carry mace or pepper spray, or a high-decibel personal alarm.
You can find other general home security and personal safety tips here.
Of course there are a million suggestions and recommendations out there, but you don’t need to worry about doing them all. Assess the locations and times in your daily routine where you feel unsafe, and add a few extra safety measures to make yourself safer. Remember that as your life changes you’ll need to reevaluate your personal safety and home security.