Monday, July 14, 2014
There’s freedom in living alone but, along with enjoying a bit of solitude there are several safety tips you need to keep in mind.
If you're living solo, make sure you stay safe. Get some tips...
Observe community habits
Know when the neighbourhood is at its quietest. For emergency runs to the nearest store or regular jogging sessions, knowing who and what's around you at certain times of the day and night will prove useful.
Mind your routine
Don't be afraid to shake up your routine when leaving or returning home, especially if your area is not that safe. Try a new route from time to time or make a pit stop at a nearby convenience store. Spontaneity keeps things fresh, but in this case, it also keeps you safe.
Even if you live in an apartment, don't forget to lock up. Invest in extra locks if need be. If you have a spare key, keep it in a not-so-obvious place. Better yet, have someone you trust in a nearby area keep it for you.
Put away the toolkit
A toolkit serves its purpose for DIY projects around the home, but that hammer, wrench or screwdriver can easily become weapons in the wrong hands. Keep your toolkit out of reach, and only bring it out when needed. This little extra step can save your life.
Don't let everyone know you're away from home
If you have vacation plans, don’t announce it on Facebook. Let your building manager know, but don't say it loudly and proudly to neighbours or strangers. It also helps to arrange for someone you trust to check in occasionally, and make sure that everything's in order.
Keep your defences up
Awareness is the first step in protecting yourself, so if you’re able to sense any prowlers you can protect yourself. If they manage to corner you, your primary aim should be to escape, not fight back.