We like to think that we live in an egalitarian society, but when it comes to home security, women are at a disadvantage.
The fact is, most home intruders are men, and most men are stronger than most women. Is this true of everyone? No. Are there wimpy men and brawny women? Sure. But most of the time, men boast more physical strength than women, putting the fairer sex at a disadvantage should a burly dude break in.
But here’s the good news: when it comes to home security, size isn’t everything!
Far more important than the ability to overcome an attacker is minimizing your chance of being attacked in the first place.
Here are a few tips to help keep you from being a victim.
If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.
Women are blessed with a gift. Call it women’s intuition or a sixth sense, but females just seem to know when something’s amiss. If you notice a suspicious-looking person in your neighborhood, or a strange vehicle idling at the curb, don’t ignore the tingle of fear in your tummy. Report the lurker to the police or your neighborhood watch committee. What? You don’t have a neighborhood watch in your area? Read on.
Get to know your neighbors. Developing relationships with the people who live near you helps ensure that they’ll notice anything strange happening around your property. If Mrs. Smith knows you live alone, she’ll be more likely to alert you if she sees a strange man in your backyard. You may also want to consider forming a neighborhood watch committee. Such groups help to deter area crime, and enhance everyone’s safety.
Women are busy. We stack our days with work, errands, gym-time, and seeing friends, so more often than not, we find ourselves multi-tasking. But remember that predators prey on the unsuspecting. If you’re dashing from your car to your front door while chatting on your cell phone and fumbling with your keys, you’re a prime target for an attack. Better to gab on the phone when you’re safely inside your home, and have your house key in hand before exiting your car. Walk to your door with your head up; be alert and watch for anything that seems odd.
Don’t be too Social.
We all love social media. Facebook is a great way to reconnect with old friends, get to know people, and find out what your ex is really up to…. But be careful how much you share via social media. Every time you “check in” at a hot restaurant or share that you’re heading to Spain for two weeks, you’re announcing that your home is, or will be, unoccupied. Protect yourself and your property by keeping a low profile online, or changing your social media settings to share personal information only with people you trust 100%.
Sound the Alarm!
Having a home security system installed is perhaps the best way to prevent home invasions. For less than a latte (about $1/day!), home security systems offer uninterrupted, 24/7 monitoring, and will alert you if someone tries to break into your home. Featuring wireless key pads and keychain remotes, home security systems are attractive and convenient, and even earn you discounts on homeowner’s insurance!
Pack a punch more powerful than a physical blow. Use your head to protect yourself.
Have any other tips for ways single moms can stay safe at home? Share your ideas in the comments!
Photo by Beto Ruiz Alonso.