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Living alone in a house comes with unique security considerations. Here are some tips to help ensure your safety:

  1. Install a security system: Consider installing a home security system with alarms, cameras, and motion sensors to deter potential intruders.
  2. Lock all doors and windows: Always lock your doors and windows, even when you’re at home. Use deadbolts for extra security.
  3. Peephole and door chain: Install a peephole to see who’s at your door before opening it. Use a door chain to partially open the door for safe communication.
  4. Outdoor lighting: Keep your property well-lit at night to deter trespassers. Motion-activated lights can be particularly effective.
  5. Reinforce entry points: Strengthen doors and windows with solid frames, reinforced glass, and quality locks.
  6. Secure sliding doors: Use a bar or rod in the track of sliding glass doors to prevent them from being forced open.
  7. Maintain your yard: Trim shrubs and bushes near windows to eliminate potential hiding spots.
  8. Be cautious with social media: Avoid posting about your whereabouts or daily routines on social media to prevent potential burglars from learning your schedule.
  9. Get to know your neighbors: Building good relationships with neighbors can create a strong sense of community and help keep an eye on each other’s homes.
  10. Emergency plan: Have an emergency plan in place, including contact information for neighbors, friends, and local authorities.
  11. Install a peephole and door chain: These simple additions to your front door can help you verify who is outside before fully opening the door.
  12. Reinforce sliding doors and windows: Install security bars or dowels to prevent these entry points from being easily forced open.
  13. Use timers: When you’re away, use timers for lights and even a TV or radio to create the illusion of someone being home.
  14. Avoid sharing personal information: Be cautious about sharing personal details with strangers, both in person and online.
  15. Have a phone nearby: Keep a phone within easy reach, even in the bedroom, in case you need to call for help in an emergency.
  16. Secure valuables: Invest in a small safe to store important documents and valuable items.
  17. Change locks when moving in: If you’ve just moved in, consider changing the locks to ensure you’re the only one with access.
  18. Be aware of solicitors: Don’t let strangers into your home, especially if you didn’t request their services or presence.
  19. Trust your instincts: If something feels off or suspicious, don’t hesitate to call the police or a trusted neighbor.

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Bricy Boateng is an educationist, blogger, graphic designer, content creator and a digital marketer. He's passionate about matters relating to teachers and the Ghana Education Service(GES). Bricy Boateng is very sociable and very welcoming. Follow me on all major social media channels and let's vibe together!

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