We can never offer too many home security tips for women, particularly to those who live alone. This isn’t because we wish to trigger anyone’s sense of paranoia, but we do intend to empower women by offering solid home and personal security advice. In recognizing the unfortunate fact that female headed households are sometimes very specific crime targets, we strongly recommend that you read and share the following tips for single women living alone.
Of course, among the most important safety rules that a woman can benefit from are those that call for a multi-layered home security system. Such includes a security alarm, a video surveillance system, security signs and outdoor lighting. These items are easy to install, can be hardwired or wireless and can even be used by women living in rental properties. In addition to using these products and devices, single women living alone should consider other security measures, such as:
Schedule Service Visits Carefully
When scheduling service visits and deliveries, single women should go a step further by also arranging for a friend or a family member to be present at those times. Most laborers are trustworthy and professional, but occasional reports of crimes traced to individuals previously dispatched to homes on routine service calls do occur. In order to minimize the risk of a woman living alone being victimized by a similar crime, it is a good idea for her to arrange service visits for times when another trusted adult can also be in the home.
Repeatedly, we’ve warned about burglars knocking on front doors while posing as salesmen or some other non-threatening stranger. While their goal is to determine whether or not someone is at home, some criminals are not deterred by a woman answering the front door, particularly if he believes that she lives alone. In order to avoid a criminal’s bad intentions in such a scenario, we suggest that every single woman living alone install a video door intercom enabling her to see who is at the door. Some models even allow a woman to communicate with a visitor without even having to physically approach the door. With this type of home security device, a criminal is not able to peer inside or develop a good sense of who else is in the home. Most importantly, however, a thug is not able to strong-arm his way past a woman and forcibly enter her home.
The ability to immediately call for help is priceless. Luckily, wireless panic buttons are also affordable. These clever devices do not require complicated installation instructions, but can be worn on a woman’s person while at home or placed in strategic locations throughout the house in order to allow her to summons help with the simple press of a button any time of the day or night.
GPS Enabled Tracking
We live in an age where location-based technology makes it possible for us to recover missing vehicles, monitor the whereabouts of our children and assists us with turn-by-turn driving directions when in unfamiliar places. This same technology can also be useful to single women living alone as small, unobtrusive devices can be used to monitor a woman’s location. To some, carrying such a device may sound like an abandonment of privacy, but the reality is that devices like the SecuraTrac SecuraPal GPS Tracking Device allow a woman living alone to access a personal panic button to call for help when needed and even feel confident that the device can be located in the event of an actual emergency. Small enough to fit into a purse or even a pocket, this device sends GPS satellite signals from inside the home, but also works outside of the home and can even work as a woman travels internationally.
Date In Public
A single woman living alone should strictly avoid hosting a first date at home or even allowing a new suitor to pick her up or escort her back to her home address after a date. Instead, the first few meetings should always be in a public, well-lit place until. Doing so will reduce a woman’s risk of being burglarized while she is away from home, as well as significantly reduce the chances of her being victimized by a physical crime inside of her home.
Women living alone should always keep personal protection items, such as pepper spray, nearby and ready to ward off an attacker. These items should be kept inside of a woman’s purse, as well as next to her bed at night, in her desk while at work and at other key locations that are within her reach throughout the day. Used correctly, these products can cause criminals to flee or, at the very least, temporarily stun an attacker long enough for a woman to make a safe escape.
Door and Window Locks
While it is a given that doors should remain locked at all times, many women are unaware that certain locks can be bumped and, thus, allow criminals unfettered access to a home. Flimsy window locks are also not difficult to pry open. With this in mind, women living alone should either install locks that cannot be bumped or invest in products like the Keypout Lock Bumping/Dead Bolt Protector which prevents locks from being bumped. Pin locks should also be installed on every window frame in a woman’s home, which will prevent windows from sliding open even if factory latches are tampered with.
Many of the devices relating to the tips shared here are available at the Home Security Store and can be relatively easy to install. Our support team is always on hand to answer specific product questions.
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