Do You Live Alone?
Top 10 Security Tips for Solo Households
Did you know that one in four Australian households are solo households? This means that two million Australians live in a household alone. There are many advantages to living alone, but it can be difficult from a security perspective. If you live alone there is no one else to shoulder the responsibility for home security and if you find yourself in a vulnerable situation there is no one else to help you to protect yourself or your home. This makes it even more important that you feel safe and secure in your own home. If your home is an easy target for thieves, it’s important to make some changes as soon as possible.
More than ever before Australians are living on their own, with a higher percentage of single female households than male. If you live alone home security is paramount and it’s more crucial than ever that your home isn’t an easy target for thieves or prowlers. Consider your home from the point of view of a thief: Does your home have any vulnerabilities? There are many simple changes or improvements that you can make to ensure your home is secure and able to provide you with the protection you deserve to ensure you feel safe and comfortable in your own home.
#1 Install a security door
Security doors are a great way to improve your home security as well as increase your level of personal protection at home. If you live alone it becomes even more important that you feel safe and protected when you’re at home. It can be unsettling answering an unknown knock at the door late at night, particularly if you live alone, and a security door is a great way to ensure that you are not vulnerable to a stranger when you answer your door. A quality security door allows you to answer your front door from behind a sturdy, force-tested screen which means that you are protected from a stranger forcing their way into your home. To provide further security it’s also possible to fit your door with a one-way privacy mesh which will allow you to see outside your door without allowing a visitor to see in.
Studies show that in approximately 30% of burglaries, the thief enters through the front door of the targeted property. Quality security doors are designed to prevent a thief from forcibly gaining access to your home. Always choose a security door that has been manufactured in compliance with Australian Standards guidelines to ensure it has been thoroughly tested to be able to withstand a forced entry attempt. Security Doors are available in a wide range of different designs and colors to complement your home aesthetic. If you’re not sure which door would best suit your home visit a reliable provider such as Jim’s Security Doors and speak to an expert.
#2 Ensure you have good lighting in your front yard
Don’t make things easy for thieves by providing an opportunity for them to approach your home without being seen! Installing lighting in your front yard in vulnerable areas or beside your door is an effective and inexpensive way to deter burglars. Being able to be quick and discreet is crucial for a successful burglary, so any risk of drawing attention is likely to deter a burglar from targeting your property. If your budget allows, consider installing lights that can operate on a timer, or lights that are sensor or motion-activated for enhanced security.
#3 Get to know your neighbors
If you live alone make sure you know who your neighbors are and make sure you have their phone numbers in case of emergency. Neighbors can also be useful for keeping an eye on your home when you’re not there, particularly if you’re away for an extended period on holiday. Neighborhood watch groups can also be a great way to make sure you’re aware of if there is an increase in crime in your area.
#4 Lock your doors when you’re home alone
Are your doors locked? It’s easy to get cavalier about home security, but it’s absolutely not worth the risk! Make sure your doors and windows are locked whenever possible. The most high-tech security door in the world cannot protect you or your home if you don’t lock it!
#5 Don’t make it obvious that you live alone
A solo household is an easier target for a thief because there’s less chance of being overpowered during a break-in. Ensure your home is well-lit inside and doesn’t appear uninhabited. Invite friends over regularly! A busy home with people coming and going from it is not appealing to a thief!
#6 Replace flywire screens with security screens
Security window screens are a fantastic alternative to simple flywire and will allow you to leave windows open and ventilate your home naturally without making your home vulnerable to a break-in. Flywire is great for keeping bugs out, but it won’t do much more than that and can be easily torn or warped. If you have pets security screens are also a much better alternative as they can’t be destroyed by inquisitive claws or persistent paws!
#7 Be wary and take precautions
As a single household, it’s important to take extra precautions and to be sensible when it comes to home security. Don’t let strangers into your home, especially if no one else is around, and always ask to see ID from tradespeople. If you have a security door, don’t open it until you have ascertained who your visitor is and whether they need access to your home.
#8 Use your phone wisely
Phones are great tools for enhancing home security. You can install a range of apps that improve security such as tracking apps as well as personal alarm apps. Make sure your phone is always changed and nearby you at night. Don’t hesitate to report any concerns to the police.
While phones are generally a beneficial tool when it comes to security, it is important to be cautious about posting information regarding your daily schedule or whereabouts on social media.
#9 Consider installing additional security features
If your budget allows, consider installing additional security features at homes, such as smart doorbells, smart door locks, or alarm systems. Security cameras can also be useful as a way to deter thieves or prowlers. Pro tip? If you can’t afford a security camera, put up a fake one or warning stickers.
#10 Close your blinds
Use your blinds or curtains to protect your home by closing them at night to stop people from seeing in as well as closing them during the day if you’re going out. It’s important to stop prowlers from being able to see into your home easily as it gives them the opportunity to see in to spot any easily grabbable valuables, but also allows potential thieves to ascertain if there’s anyone at home.
For more information about Jim’s Security Doors. Or for expert advice on the right security door to protect you and your property, please contact our experienced sales team on 13 15 46.