Some women love having their independence and living alone, and for others, they prefer to have the protection of living with others. If you are someone who loves living alone and thrives from it, know that there can still be areas that you need to take extra caution with. Women in our society often, unfortunately, face a unique set of dangers and have to exercise extra vigilance compared to their male counterparts.
So the more they can do to protect themselves in their home, the better. Fortunately, turning a regular insecure home into your own fortress of safety is easier, and cheaper, than you might think. Here are some simple steps that any woman can take.
Install Motion Sensor Lights
Believe it or not, high-powered motion sensor lights are one of the most effective tools for scaring away intruders. If anyone strays too close to your property, they will be instantly lit up by very strong and bright white lights, making them highly visible. Bonus points if you can get the lights to illuminate your new security cameras at the same time.
Set Up Your Own Home Security System
There is now a wide range of home security systems available on the market. These packages consist of a number of different security components that, when installed together, offer a multi-faceted protection system for you.
These DIY home security systems will deter thieves and can be customized to suit your home and your individual needs. Remember, one of the main purposes of a security system is to be seen by would-be criminals and put them off from committing any crime or property damage. So, make sure you choose a system and location that will be easy to spot.
Another great security system to install is security cameras. If you live in an apartment block or another kind of communal building, there will hopefully be some kind of security camera in place already. If there isn’t, ask about installing your own security camera for your door.
Many women feel a lot safer just knowing that they have cameras around their home. You should install these cameras in an area where they will be easily seen by passers-by, which will hopefully deter any would-be intruders from targeting your property. If you clearly have security cameras and your neighbors don’t, criminals are likely to move on to the weaker target.
Get a Smart Doorbell
Smart doorbells today are pretty smart, and they are much more than just fancy doorbells. A smart doorbell today usually includes a built-in camera that enables you to see who is at your door without having to be anywhere near it. You can even check the camera on your smart doorbell from the other side of the world by connecting to it over the internet.
Some smart doorbells will run off battery power, while others can be connected to a standard 12V power line. Even in the case of battery powered doorbells, the batteries should last for a significant length of time. You will also receive alerts to your smartphone when most smart doorbells are beginning to get low on battery.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
A simple but very effective way of making your home safer is to make friends with your neighbors. Once you befriend them, you will have someone to look out for you and for your home when you are away. It is also good for you to know who the people that live around you are so you can spot if anyone is around who shouldn’t be.
You might even want to ask your neighbors about their own experiences with crime and home security in your neighborhood. They might have some tips and insight that you would otherwise miss out on.
Secure Your Entry Points
You need to familiarize yourself with every potential point of entry into your home. Not only is this important so you can ensure that they are kept securely shut at night but also for the benefit of your own safety. In the unlikely event that you face a fire or an intruder in your home, you need to know how you can exit the building other than by using the main doors.
Any woman who has ever lived on her own will understand how disconcerting it can be, especially if you live in a crowded urban environment. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to make a home secure and give you the peace of mind we all crave.