Living alone can be wonderful, but it does raise your vulnerability to home invasion. Below are ways to help take full advantage of home security when you’re single, widowed or otherwise on your own. First we suggest simple ways to physically protect your home.
Strengthen Your Home to Prevent Crime
Old monitored home alarm system from a company with quick response times can dramatically improve your safety and peace of mind. Still, sirens and emergency dispatching should be the last line of defense. Here are ways to help prevent crime with and without a monitored alarm system.
Rekey Your Door Locks
Do strangers have keys to your home? It might be impossible to know! When you move to a new residence, rekey the door locks immediately. Taking this security precaution is quick and inexpensive.
Consider upgrading to electronic locks with keypads. These deadbolt locks are especially difficult to defeat, and being keyless they’re more convenient for owners. In addition to having a personal PIN, you can assign temporary entry codes to trusted house guests and service providers.
Reinforce Sliding Doors
Sliding glass doors look terribly inviting to criminals. For one thing, criminals know that they’re often installed backwards! When a sliding door is installed backwards, obviously the lock is easily accessible, plus the door can easily be popped off its track!
Use a door jamb to help prevent home invasions. You can buy a door jamb or do-it-yourself with a wooden board or similar object. Just be sure your system works.
For comprehensive protection use a glass break sensor. A glass break sensor can respond to the sound of breaking glass with a high-decibel alarm.
Install Lights with Motion Detection
Bright light can discourage nighttime prowlers. Solar-powered security lights are easiest to install and maintain because they involve no wiring or battery replacement. Choose solar lights that are activated by motion.
If you can care for dogs, let them care for you! Dogs can be excellent home security allies. Big teeth aren’t required; a tiny Pomeranian can be helpful with its warning bark. Post “Beware of Dog” signs to advertise a canine presence. Your Pomeranian won’t mind if you post an “I Love My Doberman” sign.