Living alone can be a wonderful experience, but home safety is a concern for everyone and living solo can cause some extra worry. Living alone may make you feel more vulnerable. Fortunately, there are a few simple tools you can use to help you feel safe and make your home more secure.

Install an Alarm System

If you don't already have one, install an alarm system. Often just the loud sound of an alarm going off will be enough to scare off a home invader. Alarm systems also typically come with stickers and yard signs. You can post these as a warning to would-be trespassers that your home is protected.

Invest in Security Doors and Windows

The harder your house is to get into, the less likely it is that someone will attempt a break-in. Security doors and windows are built with heavy-duty materials and reinforcements on their most vulnerable elements. The results are doors and windows that are harder to break. These security features look like regular doors and windows. That means your home will still appear attractive while being better protected.

Use Video Surveillance

When you hear the term "video surveillance" you might think of unsightly cameras mounted on your front porch. The reality is that there are products like video doorbells now available that are less invasive while still providing a layer of protection. Some of them even connect to apps that notify you when someone is detected at your door and give you access to an intercom-like feature allowing you to talk through a speaker in the device. Just seeing a video camera will ward off most bad guys, but hearing your voice will surely startle them!

Get a Dog

A 4-legged friend - particularly one with a bold bark - is a surprisingly effective way of warding off home invaders. In a survey of burglars (yes, that happened) 50% of the criminals reported that the presence of a dog would be enough to scare them off a home invasion.

Technology and manufacturing have made home security more affordable and accessible than ever before. With the tools available to homeowners and renters today, you don't have to sacrifice style or comfort to have a safe, attractive home. Combined with common sense prevention like always locking your doors and windows, investing in some basic security features can give you peace of mind and secure your solo living space.

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