Single women can never be too careful when it comes to their personal safety, at home, work or on the go. We’ll focus today on personal safety measures to take at home.
- Schedule any service visits very carefully
When scheduling any service visits, or deliveries, you should arrange for them to coincide with a visit from a friend. Most laborers are professional and trustworthy, but there are unsavory characters out to take advantage of a single woman home alone.
- Install a panic button to be able to call for help immediately
There are many options available and can even be worn on your person to alert your neighbors or police if you need assistance.
- Date in public
Avoid hosting a first or even a second date in your home or allowing your date to pick you up at your address. Meet them in a very public place and drive separately or if you must ride together, drive your own vehicle with him as a passenger.
- Self-Defense and Personal Protection
Women living alone should be familiar with self-defense techniques and ready to utilize them should the need arise. Find a class nearby or an online self-defense course that will give you the tools you need to defend yourself. Keep personal protection items, such as pepper spray nearby at all times. Sleep with your key fob on your nightstand. The panic alarm can be set off in the case of emergency. Even if your car is in the garage, the noise could startle your attacker enough to allow you a moment to escape.
- Door and Window Locks
Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. Women living alone should examine their locks and make sure they are in good working order and replace any that are broken or damaged. Check the screws on your door hardware to be sure the screws are of proper length (at least 3 inches) extending into the door frame making for a stronger connection.
There are plenty of great tips and tricks for keeping yourself safe, you just have to be willing to take the time to educate yourself with the right information. Taking a few hours learning and practicing how to defend yourself could be key to surviving an attacker.