Safety should not be an overwhelming worry. Just adding a few habits into your daily routine can increase your safety and well-being without constant thought. Here are a few tips for your home.
- Make sure the area around your home is well-lit. Use timers and motion sensors to turn lights on and off. Thieves want to hide, take that away from them and they will move on.
- Use timers for lights inside as well. Particularly if you are going to be away on vacation or a business trip and the house will be unoccupied. Light timers will give the appearance that someone is home.
- Never open the door to a stranger. Talk through the door or better yet a doorbell camera/voice system. A common trick is to ask to use your phone for help, point them in the direction of the nearest gas station or convenience shop. Of course, if it obvious that someone really needs help, help them. You would want the same, just have your phone in your hand and ready.
- Keep bushes and trees trimmed back. If thieves can hide behind shrubbery while breaking into a window you are providing them the cover they need.
- Make it a practice to lock doors and windows whether you are home or not.
- Install cameras with video recorders inside and out. There are several good doorbell camera systems that allow you to talk through the camera using an app on your cell phone.
- Have your phone, pepper spray and/or stun gun beside you when you go to bed.
- Close inside doors when you go to bed. Not only does it make it harder for burglars to know what is behind the closed door, it is also a fire-safety tip to reduce the spread of fire and smoke.