One out of seven, or 31 million people live alone in the US. The largest population of single home dwellers—15 million—is between the ages of 35 and 64.
Studies show that these singles, regardless of age, are more social than their married counterparts. With usually more free time on their hands and fewer obligations, you’ll often find them out with friends or traveling. Being away from home more often comes with unique security risks. If you are single and on the go, learn how to protect yourself when you’re home and protect your belongings when you’re away. Johns Brothers Security helps you to make your family more secure by wireless wifi home security systems & comprehensive smart home and business services throughout Virginia.
Do Not Broadcast Your Home Alone or Away Status
Don’t post on social sites and other media that you live alone or are on the road, especially when dealing with strangers. If you post photos while you are out on the town or on a road trip, this screams that your home is a vacant house to followers.
When having deliveries and repair work, ask a family member or friend over when these strangers need to be in your home.
Make sure you don’t let your mail and packages pile up when you are away. Nothing says “on vacation” like a front door step overflowing with Amazon packages.
Know Your Neighbors
In the age of social media and smartphones, many people don’t become besties with the people who live next door. However, there is a good chance that you may end up feeling safer in your neighborhood if you know and trust your neighbors. It is always a plus when you can identify people and vehicles that live in your neighborhood. And you can also enlist neighbors’ help in keeping an eye out for suspicious activity on your street.
Establish a Buddy System
Without a roommate or spouse regularly checking in on your whereabouts, it takes longer for someone to realize something has gone wrong. Use the Buddy System with a friend or family member. The two of you can be “buddies” and operate together as a single unit so that you can monitor and help each other by committing to keep in touch regularly. Keeping someone informed of where you’re going, when you should be home and alerting them when you’re safely settled in at home is a great plan.
How Technology Can Keep You Safe
According to a study by the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent, approximately 83 percent of home burglary offenders stated they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary. Only 13 percent said they would always continue the attempt even after an alarm had been discovered.
When you install a custom home security alarm system, the 24/7 video monitoring of any suspicious activity and remote management capabilities can be viewed and handled from an app, so your smartphone can become a control center. Authorities are also alerted immediately. You gain the power to lock your doors if you forget, activate your lighting in and around your home, and so much more all at your fingertips!