3 Effective Home Security Tips For People Who Live Alone

March 7th, 2022

When it comes to keeping your household safe, independent living can be tough. Having someone to watch your back makes it so much easier to keep yourself safe since you’ve got an extra pair of eyes to spot any brewing trouble and help you quash it before it gets out of control. 

Regardless of that reason, sometimes people just live alone, and that’s alright, and shouldn’t automatically mean you’re mortgaging your safety. Here are three tips on how to maintain good security for your Chico home when living on your own. 

Get To Know Your Neighbors

Getting to know the people living around you will not only help you settle into your community better, but it will also give you a helping hand in case you notice any suspicious activity happening to your home. It helps to have a neighbor out there to check on your home every now and then, especially helpful when you’re out of the house and need an extra pair of eyes to make sure everything’s as it should be while you’re away. 

Get A Dog

Having a dog in your home won’t only serve as a companion against the loneliness of living alone, but your little ball of fur will also work wonders in keeping you and you Chico home safe. According to an article from The Guardian, burglars claim that barking dogs are one of the most effective deterrents against home burglaries. 

Most burglars try their best to stray away from homes protected by anything that could either hurt them or alert anyone of their presence. Dogs are excellent home companions for this very purpose, as being territorial of their home comes naturally to most breeds. However, do make sure to train your dog to bark and not get too friendly with strangers. 

Get A Video Surveillance System

Above all else, one of the most foolproof ways to protect your home from any suspicious activity is to get a high-quality video surveillance system installed throughout the property. Like dogs, video surveillance systems are excellent deterrents against criminals. Modern surveillance systems also allow you to watch your home 24/7 through your smartphone, no matter where you are in the world. This will also provide you with sufficient evidence for the police or insurance investigators, in the unlikely chance that your home does encounter any unwanted visitors. 

Don’t let the tone of this entire article dissuade you from the concept of living on your own. It has its share of benefits to go along with the according risks. It’s just important to recognize that living alone naturally will make your home a more vulnerable and appealing target for would-be burglars. The tips we’ve laid into this article should hopefully serve you well, but in the case that you don’t know where to start with the selection of home security equipment or whatnot, do not hesitate to consult a professional CA home security provider to ensure you get the best results, and the highest quality of safety possible on your budget.

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