No matter what your financial situation, there are ways to feel safe and secure at home. After all, that’s how home should feel. So, whether you’re a bachelor living on a low income, or a single woman who just hit the lottery, these tips will help keep your home and possessions safe.
Safety On a Budget
On a slim budget? You can still afford a home security monitoring service. Many companies only charge $20 to $30 a month. You can also take simple, cost-effective steps to keep your home safe without breaking the bank.
First install dead bolts and chain locks, and invest in a timer for lights and televisions. They won’t set you back very far. Take advantage of free ways to protect yourself like locking doors, windows, and padlock entrance gates. Don’t tell strangers your schedule, and place valuable items away from windows.
Embrace a Single-Minded Approach to Safety
Single women living alone on a fixed or reduced income should not fear nights at home alone. Instead, relish in the idea. First, put a married name on your apartment mailbox like Mr. & Mrs. Jameson, instead of just Susie J. Single women are targets for break-ins.
Also, be careful of who you invite inside, even if it’s the plumber or cable installation technician. Have a friend come over if you must have someone in. Never allow a new date to pick you up at your house, either. Always drive yourself to their house, or meet them in public the first few times.
Secure Middle-Income Homes Too
Families and single people with middle incomes are not immune to break-ins, even in cushy, suburban neighborhoods. Opt for monitored home security systems linking to police and fire departments. If you have kids, choose systems with apps that stream video to your phone, so you can check in to see if they arrived home safely. These systems should be within your budget; the monthly cost is usually less than your cell phone.
For added protection, never advertise a family vacation on social networks. Wait until after you return to tell everyone about your trip. Maintain the lawn service, but stop newspaper delivery and tell the post office to hold your mail. Letters piling up on your porch tell crooks that no one is home.
Invest to Secure a Wealthy Lifestyle
If you’re living on an above-average income, your home will likely attract a more ambitious class of thieves. So invest in a high-end security system with multiple cameras, motion detectors, and direct links to police and fire departments.
Continue to use simple, cheap ways to scare off intruders but on a larger scale. Set inside lights and TVs on timers in downstairs rooms to go off randomly even when you’re home. Set outside landscape lighting and porch lights on timers, and install motion-detecting spot lights at your home’s entrances. Repeat this process for vacation homes and rental properties, if you own them.
No matter your financial situation, there’s always a way to protect what’s yours. Use these tips, and you’ll sleep soundly knowing your family and possessions are safe.