Living alone is a freedom many women enjoy. Although it is often deemed a luxury, living alone means it’s necessary to be more aware.
It’s important that women of all ages, single or otherwise, ensure that their safety is a top priority. To avoid becoming a victim of crime, there are many safety tips you can practice. Consider these helpful tips to increase your safety:
Protection Very few women actually carry a form of protection. In most places, it is legal for women to carry pepper spray or mace. If you don’t have one of these items, get one. If you do have a can of pepper spray or mace, make sure it’s in a place where you can reach it quickly. Stuffing it into a hidden compartment deep inside your zippered handbag will not prove beneficial if you need it in a hurry.
House keys Faux rocks may look real, but to any experienced burglar, they’re a common place for most people to store that extra house key. Doormats, potted plants, and rocks are the first place burglars look, so it’s best to avoid using any of these places. Your next safety tip is to head to your local hardware store and install a combination lock.
Your mailbox Whether or not the area you live in is safe, do not put your name on your mailbox. Advertising your name in a public place is a great way to let strangers know how many people live in the house. Instead of writing “Jane Doe,” simply write “Doe.”
Social networks We now live in a world where self-defense classes and large dogs are no longer enough to protect us. These days, it’s necessary to be social media smart about posting our personal information. Be aware of listing your relationship status as single or telling the world that you are leaving your house empty for two weeks. Predators may view these status updates as invitations.
Online dating It’s a popular concept and one many users find to be very personal. Whether or not you consider it a private matter, it’s important to practice safe dating.
Another safety tip is to always let a friend or family member know that you are heading out on a first date. Write down where you are going and who you are going out with. Maybe you can arrange to have someone call you during the evening to make sure all is well.
The world has changed and it’s important that we do too. Practicing safety tips by implementing a few adjustments and common sense approaches into our daily routines can mean a safer and happier lifestyle.