While living alone can have its perks, it can also make you feel more vulnerable to intruders and attackers—but it doesn’t need to be that way. There are plenty of things you can do to improve your sense of security and personal safety even when living alone.
Here are some valuable personal safety tips living alone…
Our top personal safety tips living alone
Install a home security system
Installing a home security system with video cameras, motion detection and intrusion alarms is an excellent way to protect yourself, your home and your belongings. Opting for a system backed by 24/7 active monitoring will also ensure someone is always looking out for you and ready to request emergency services if needed.
Ensure outdoor spaces are well-lit
Ensure the area where you park your car and the entrance to your home has good lighting, and even consider installing automated motion sensor lighting that will alert you to any movement around your home.
‘Harden up’ the premises
Installing things like door chains, heavy-duty locks, security screen doors or security window shutters will make it harder for people to gain access to your home. Even things like visible security cameras or simply displaying a sticker or sign for a security company near the front of your home can be a great deterrent for intruders.
Arm your phone with personal security apps
Consider downloading a personal safety app like bSafe, My SOS Family or Get Home Safe. While each app works slightly differently, most work by allowing you to nominate a list of safe or trusted friends or family members that the app will immediately notify with your location details if you activate a distress alert.
Get a dog
Not only can a dog provide a greater sense of security if you like to walk or run alone, but it can also be a big deterrent for burglars and intruders. In fact, a recent study conducted by Budget Direct showed that more than 60% of burglars said that a barking dog would deter them from attempting to enter a property.
A dog can also be a great source of companionship so it’s a win-win!
Do a self-defence course
While you’ll hopefully never need to use it, having some self-defence training up your sleeve is always a good way to give you confidence that you can handle a challenging situation if you are ever faced with one.
Get a personal safety alarm
For the ultimate in personal safety when living alone, you can also opt for a personal safety alarm (like Silent Sentinel which Calamity recommends) which allows you to request immediate assistance with the simple click of a button.
Enjoy greater peace of mind with Calamity
Someone will always be looking out for you when you rely on Calamity. As experts in home and personal security, we can design a customised personal protection solution to provide total peace of mind that you’ll never be left on your own when you need a helping hand.
Contact the team at Calamity to find out how we can protect you.