It’s important that we feel safe in our own homes - after all, it’s where we spend most of our time and make memories so we should take some measures to feel safer in them. I spend a lot of time at home by myself through the day or just with me and the kids in the evening and home safety is definitely a high priority for me. Here’s how to ensure your home makes you feel safe and secure:
Look at your entry points
If you’re concerned that trespassers can gain access to your home, when you’re there or out of the house, then it’s a good idea to consider the security of your access points such as the front and back doors and garage. The Metropolitan police force recommends installing a deadlatch, cylinder lock on your door and for the garage you could look into reinforced roller shutters from a site such as securitydirect.uk.com that should keep intruders out and help you feel safer.
Let there be light
It can be easy to let your mind play tricks on you while at home alone, so ensure you have plenty of lighting options throughout your property. Nightlights with motion sensors are a great idea for hallways and you could also install some outdoor ones outside the house to give you a clear view into the garden and the front of the house at night.
Introduce yourself to your neighbours
In case of an emergency, it’s a good idea to surround yourself with people you know, so make a point of introducing yourself to your neighbours and building up relationships with them so they can help out in any situation. Neighbours are also notoriously nosy and will alert you if they see anything suspicious going on around your home.
Avoid watching films or shows that scare you
One of the simplest ways of avoiding that frightened feeling while at home is to pass on anything that might scare you for the rest of the evening. This includes that creepy horror movie on Netflix that you thought about watching late at night; things like that can make your mind play tricks on you and create a sense of paranoia. This is why I can't watch The Walking Dead when it's just me at home!
Have people you trust on speed dial
If you’re feeling scared, you can always give them a call to help calm you down or even invite them over.
Keep your garden in check
Trees and shrubbery are easy places for someone to hide in the dark, so avoid this fear of someone waiting for the right moment to enter your property by removing any overgrown shrubbery where someone could stay hidden or trees tall enough to reach upstairs windows for peace of mind.
Get a dog
Furry companions are great at helping you feel safer when at home alone, they’re perfect company and of course also great when it comes to security – especially if it’s a big dog such as a German Shepherd or a Doberman – as they can deter burglars from wanting to enter your home. It's not a secret that we're planning on getting a dog later this year and even though it will be a little one, I'm pretty sure it will still be a deterrent to intruders.
When it comes to your home it's of great importance you feel comfortable, so try some of these measures to help yourself feel a little safer while in your house ;-)