Single moms often have to single-handedly deal with all the responsibilities of raising happy, healthy and safe children. A top priority is creating a secure home. Since crime can happen even in what may seem like the safest neighborhood, you need to take extra precautions to keep your family safe.
If you’re a single mom, these home security tips may help:
Trust Your Instincts
Stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings. Some crooks may wait outside your home for a few days to learn your routine and plan the best time to break in. Look out for any strange cars parked near your home – especially if someone is sitting in the vehicle for an extended period of time with no obvious reason. If something feels off, trust your gut and call the police.
Maintain Your Privacy
Burglars may view a single mom as an easier target, so be careful not to advertise the fact that there’s only one adult in the household. That can be a signal to would-be crooks that the home is less likely to be occupied throughout the day, putting your home and, potentially, your children, at greater risk. Avoid putting your first name or “Ms.” or “Miss” on your mailbox or phone listing. Instead, use your first initial and last name.
Know Your Neighbors
Get to know the people in your community. Your neighbors can be an additional line of defense for you and your children. They could provide a safe place to go if your children are home alone and see someone suspicious lurking around. They can also help keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary.
Lock Your Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are some of the most popular burglar entry points, so keeping doors and windows locked at all times is a key aspect of your home security plan. Even if you’re out for a short walk with the kids, make sure to lock your doors. If you recently moved into a new home, change the locks on all the doors. Reinforce any doors with access to the outside. You don’t know who the last residents were and you can never be too careful.
Landscape with Security in Mind
Keep any trees or bushes near your windows trimmed. Many crooks hide behind bushes or trees to try and enter into the home without being seen. By keeping your windows clear, you minimize criminals’ opportunities to sneak into your home.
Install a Monitored Home Security System
A professionally monitored home security system protects your home from burglars and intruders as well as fire and medical emergencies. Home automation allows you to watch your kids come home from school, turn the lights on or off, lock the doors behind them and set the alarm all while you’re at work.
Protecting your family and home is a main concern for every single mom, so don’t leave your family’s safety up to chance. For your free security consultation, contact Crime Prevention Security Systems today.