How do you protect yourself when you rent a house alone?
Oct 31, 2019
Nowadays, the takeaway service is developed, and the express delivery is often delivered to the door.
The place we deal with strangers moved from the outside to the blurry area of the stairwell.
How do you identify a danger and protect yourself when you rent a house alone or at home?
If you are homealone, or live alone, and somebody comes to the door, shout out “I got it” so that it seems like someone else is there with you and you are not alone.
But in fact, before this, there is still a lot of preventive work to do.
Give your apartment a safety check
It’s a good idea to give your apartment a once-over for safety concerns — ideally before you even move in. Complete this safety checklist.
①Are any of your valuables visible from the street?
②Are your doors made of either solid wood or metal clad?
③Can you see who’s at the door without opening it?
④Do you have all your mail held at the post office when you travel?
⑤Do you shred documents with personal information before disposing them?
⑥Have all your doors been rekeyed since you moved in?
Become BFFs with your neighbors
If you’re introverted, then you’d probably prefer anything else to chatting with neighbors. But make an effort to be friendly, if only for safety’s sake.
In one way or another, your neighbors may be your best asset in times of trouble and they’ll be more willing to lend a hand to a friend than they are to help out a stranger.
Don’t fumble for your keys
The last thing you want to do is approach your front door and then spend five minutes fumbling for your keys.
This is especially true if your neighborhood isn’t the safest or the entry is poorly lit. Have your keys ready as you walk up, and get yourself inside smoothly and swiftly.
Always throw parties
Burglars are less likely to target busy homes. So yes, this can be your excuse to throw a party.
Having people over can make your home seem like there are more people living in it. It’ll also show would-be intruders that a lot of friends have got your back.
Have an emergency exit plan
Create an exit strategy for worst case scenarios, such as fires or breakins.
Know where to escape to and at whose house you can stay safe and call the police. Having this plan tucked away will give you peace of mind and make handling such scary situations all the easier.
Always lock the door
Lock your doors, every single time. Even if you’re just popping out to the garbage dumpster, or only stepping inside to grab something you forgot.
It may seem like overkill — especially if you live in a relatively safe district. But it only takes that one moment for someone to sneak in.
Get a monitored home security system
A home security system is a great deterrent to would-be burglars. In fact, research conducted by a team from the University of North Carolina revealed that 84 percent of burglars said if they were confronted with a home security system, they would not attack the home.
Even if you live in a low-crime area, you’ll rest easier at night knowing your abode is protected by a monitored home security system.
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