Security Tips For Solo Living

Do you live alone?

Follow our security tips for keeping yourself and your property safe. 

The last few decades have seen a drastic increase in the amount of people living alone. Solo living can be many things: freeing, exciting, lonely, and more. Many people find that living alone affords them the freedom to live exactly as they please. However, it also presents some downsides, especially in the area of security. In this post, we’ll present some security tips for solo living – ideas that will help you keep yourself and your living space safe. 

Always Lock Your Doors & Windows

This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to lock every door and window of their home. This should be done every single time you leave your home. And for people who live alone, we also recommend keeping your house locked out when you’re home too. Burglars and criminals love to target people (especially females) who live alone, and will often be bold enough to break in while you’re there.

Get To Know Your Neighbors

In addition to sharing the general details of your daily life with friends and family, make sure your neighbors are aware of these things too. If they notice that something is off, they can easily check in with you to make sure something isn’t wrong. Introduce yourself when you move in, talk to your neighbors frequently, and notify them when you plan on going away. 

Close Your Curtains & Blinds 

Everyone’s worst nightmare is waking up to a face in their window in the night. This is very rare – most burglars are not bold enough to show themselves up close. However, while you’re away from your home or asleep, some will use the opportunity to take a peak (sometimes with binoculars) to scope out the situation of your home, in order to spot valuables. 

Change Your Locks

When you first move into your locks, it’s imperative to change the locks. You never know who has a copy of the key, and what they might have done with it. Even if the previous tenant returned their key, you can never be too careful. So we recommend rekeying or changing the locks, or asking the landlord to. 

Get a Deadbolt

If your contract allows you to upgrade your locks – then you absolutely should. Get a lock with a deadbolt, which offers a greater level of security than a stand alone lock. 

Keep Your Living Status Private

We recommend not making it general knowledge that you live alone. Even if you live in a secure apartment building, it’s wise not to overtly let on that you live alone. One way you can achieve this is by listing “Surname Residence” on your mailbox or buzzer instead of your full name. 

Of course, there are many ways to keep track of your personal security when living alone; these are only just a few basic tips. It’s up to you to make sure you have planned for and fully addressed your security situation.

For residential security solutions in the Baltimore area, call Star Locks. We can help you with your home’s locks and keys at any time.