4 Tips for Staying Safe When Living Alone

Living alone can be fun and liberating, but at the same time, it can be dangerous. Follow these tips to improve your home security when you’re going solo.

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Below are 4 tips for staying safe when living alone:

Install a Home Security System
Install a home security system to alert you and authorities of suspicious or threatening activity, whether you’re home or away. Rest assured that both you and your belongings are safe with 24/7 monitoring and remote management capabilities. Don’t forget to arm your system and always lock your doors (including when your home)! This is one of the best ways to deter intruders.
For an added level of protection, invest also in a personal emergency response system (PERS). In case of a medical emergency, this device, which is worn on your wrist, neck or keychain, lets you quickly contact help at the push of a button. It’s especially recommended for the elderly and those with existing medical conditions. Source: VectorSecurity

Get to Know your Neighbors
No one says you need to become best friends with those who live in your apartment complex or neighborhood, but it never hurts to have an extra set of eyes watching out for you, especially when you live alone. Of course, it’s a good idea to be cautious of giving out personal information until you know your neighbors well. Source: HuffingtonPost

Install Lighting
LED and CFL bulbs can save you a lot of money on energy use over the long haul, plus they have much longer lives than normal incandescent bulbs, making them well worth the upfront investment. Consider installing some in various places — especially in areas where the lights may be in use for long periods, like the living room or kitchen, or left on accidentally, like a back hallway or basement. CFL bulbs tend to be cheaper, but LED bulbs are usually preferable in terms of performance, and have come down in cost quite a bit over the past few years. Source: TheSimpleDollar

Keep Doors Locked
Remember to lock your doors not only when you leave home, but also when you return. After a few weeks, locking up will become second nature. Source: ProtectYourHome

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