Female headed house holds are sometimes very specific crime targets. Because of this, we would like to provide women with solid home security advice.
One of the most important safety rules is to have layered home security, including a security system, surveillance cameras, security signs and outdoor lighting. Having a security system does not have to break the bank. With Modern Systems, you can have a basic, yet reliable system installed for less than $200. Insurance companies often give discounts to those with a home security system making the cost of monitoring just cents a day.
In addition to a home security package, women living alone should often consider the following safety measures:
When scheduling service visits and deliveries, single women should go a step further by also arranging for a friend or family member to be present. Most laborers are trustworthy but there are occasional reports of crimes traced to individulas recently doing work in the home. To minimize the risk of being victimized by a similar crime, it is important to arrange service visits for a time when another trusted adult can also be in the home.
There have been crimes reported where a person knocking at the door disguised him or herself as a sales person or some other non-threatening stranger. Usually the goal is to determine whether someone is home, but there is that occasion when a criminal is not deterred by a women answering the door, especially if he believe she is alone. This is where a video intercom would come in handy. Instead of approaching the door to see who is there, you can use the video intercom to view the person there and communicate with them. With this type of device a criminal is not able to peer inside or develope a good sense as to whether or not anyone else is in the home. Most importantly, however, a person is not able to strong-arm his way past a woman and forcibly enter her home.
The ability to immediately call for help is priceless. Some systems aloow you to use the key pad, a light switch or have a wireless one that you can keep with you at all times.
A woman living alone should strictly avoid hosting a first date at home or even allowing a suitor to pick her up or escort her back home. Instead, hold the first few meeting in a public place that is well-lit. Doing so will reduce the risk of being burglarized while away, as well as significantly reduce the chances of a physical crime inside the home.
Always keep personal protection items such as pepper spray, nearby and ready to ward off an attacker. These items can be kept in a purse, on a keychain, next to the bed and other key locations that are within reach thorughout the day. Used correctly, these items can cause the criminal to flee, or stun them long enough for you to get to safety.
Keep doors and windows locked at all times. If you enjoy having a window open to let in fresh air, consider getting a lock that will only allow a window to open a certain amount. Make sure you have good locks on doors and windows that can not be easily tampered with.
Following these tips can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized or a victim of a physical crime. For information on security, camera and intercom systems, contact Modern Systems. A sales representative will be able to give a free, no obligation consultation and quote. 1-800-252-7664
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