7 Home Security Tips for People Who Live Alone

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People Living Alone & Precautions

College students and graduates, single mothers and fathers, first time home buyers, senior citizens, all of these people typically have something in common; they either live alone or are home alone for the majority of the day. Obviously when it comes to home security the same safety measures apply to every individual and household, but people who live alone should take some extra precautions to help ensure their safety at home.

Secure all doors, windows and locks

Whether you are renting or own your home you have no clue how many people have a key to your front door, so before you start unpacking, make it a priority to change the locks. Similarly, previous occupants know your homes weak spots when it comes to security, that's why it's equally important to check and secure all windows. In addition to high-quality window locks, you should also have shades, blinds, or drapes on all windows to keep people from seeing inside your home.

Lawn upkeep

Burglars are always on the look-out for unoccupied homes and nothing says your away, even if it is just at the office, like an overgrown lawn, so try to find time or hire someone to cut the grass and trim the hedges. Also avoid planting trees or tall bushes around windows, instead plant rose bushes or other prickly foliage around the exterior of your home for an extra layer of protection.

Adopt a dog

A dog should never be used to replace a security system but a four-legged friend can be an effective addition to your security if you are frequently home alone. Dogs are known to protect their territory and no matter the size of your canine friend they will be able to alert you when they sense suspicious activity around your home.

Exterior lighting

It's no secret that burglars prefer to go unseen, therefore it is extremely important to have proper lighting around the exterior of your home. Installing motion sensor lights around vulnerable area's of your home such as entrances, driveways, and backyards, will deter burglars and provide you a greater peace of mind.

Get to know your neighbors

No one is closer to your home while you are away than your neighbors, make it a point to introduce yourself and exchange emergency contact information. Establishing a relationship with those that surround you can mean having an extra set of eyes looking out for you and your home.

Don't sacrifice your security on social media sites

Social media allows us to keep up with our friends and loved ones alike but it also allows others to keep tract of us. If you are out for dinner or business resist the need to "check in" on social media sites or broadcast your absence, and if you are home alone don't make yourself and home a target by suggesting so in a status update.

Invest in a monitored home security system

Installing a security and surveillance system is your best defense in protecting your family, possessions and home. Every household is unique therefore finding a system that caters to your needs is important. A quality home alarm system has endless benefits. It will notify you and authorities if an intruder is suspected, whether you are home or away. It can also offer the benefit of alerting homeowners to a fire or carbon monoxide leak, and can even help in a medical emergency. Security Essentials & Home Entertainment offer affordable, reliable and dependable solutions for protecting you and your family. Call (859)-2-SECURE (859-273-2873) today for your free consultation.

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