Safety as a Home Alone Woman
We unfortunately live in a world that can get very dangerous from time to time and for women, the danger is even greater. There are a lot of dishonest and scary people out there that are known to take advantage of weaker women and put them into uncomfortable positions. For women living alone, the risks are still great and there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from predators while living alone or making your way back to your house after a night out.
1. The first and most obvious thing to do would be to be aware of your surroundings. Most people often get distracted by their cell phones or what’s going on with their iPod when they’re making their way to their front door. If you can put all distractions aside as you walk from your car to your front door, or from wherever you came from back home, you’ll be much safer. Staying alert and being aware of what’s around you will keep you safe, not only because you’ll be able to see if there’s any danger, but because a sense of confidence and awareness will more than likely intimidate any potential attackers.
2. If you’re of college age, or are just starting your career, you’ll probably be living in an apartment. Depending on what type of apartment you’re in, you may have an upperhand. Whenever possible, ask for an end unit so that you only have one neighbor to your right or left. And, apartments at the end of halls or blocks are a good choice too because if anyone was to make their way to attack you, the extra distance in the lit hallways be a deterrent. No matter where you end up getting an apartment, make sure you know who your neighbors are. Within a few days of moving in, just drop by and see how they are and introduce yourself. It’s always helpful to have an idea of who they are, and myabe what their schedule looks like (Don’t ask them directly, but making casual chit chat about what they do for a living or what they’re doing class wise at university this semester should give you an idea of how busy they are).
3. Locks are a single person’s best friend. If you’re living in a house, this won’t be a problem to do, but while living in an apartment, you may need to get some permission. Installing an additional bolt lock onto your door, one that is attached to the wall instead of being embedded within the door is preferable. This adds an extra layer of security to your house by making it more difficult for people to break in.
4. Another great idea is to keep the lights on outside of your house at night. If you don’t already have motion sensing porch lights, they’re very easy to install. If you’re not capable of installing them yourself, ask a friend to help you. Motion sensing lights are a big deterrent for anyone trying to break in. Again, if you’re living in an apartment, you can easily just leave the light on outside of your door if applicable. It only costs a few dollars a month to leave a lightbulb burning 24/7. A worthwhile investment.
5. Lastly, there is always the weapon alternative to safety. Many women these days opt to carry small handguns or pocket knives with them as they go out. Even staying at home, these things are a good way to stay safe. Don’t keep the knife and gun in plain sight, but having a place next to your bed that you can keep your weapon isn’t a bad idea. You’ll have to go through the permitting process to obtain a firearm, but it’s definitely well worth it.
Hopefully you were able to get some ideas about how to keep yourself safe as a woman living alone from these tips. It’s an unsafe world and the first step to protecting yourself is to be prepared.