Living alone is pretty great. You can sing as loud as you want in the shower, play games all weekend long without anyone nagging you, and no one judges you if you eat 5 packs of Super Ring at one go. However, living alone does mean that you have to take extra precautions in making sure that your home is secure. Close to 16,000 home invasion cases were reported according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia. That’s 40+ Malaysian homes broken into every single day. Home security, implemented properly, ensures your safety and grants you peace of mind so that you can rest easy when you’re home alone. Here are 5 ways to increase your home security when living alone for the first time:
1. Identify Your Home’s Weak Points, Then Secure Them
Go outside your home, look through the windows, try your door handles, and start thinking like an intruder. Ask yourself questions such as:
- Do I see anything worth breaking in for? (i.e. cash, laptops, tablets, jewelry in easy places, etc.)
- Does this home look like an easy target?
- Where around the house/apartment complex can I hide before/after I break-in?
- Is there a strategic access/getaway point?
- How can I break-in?
Identifying your home’s weak spots gives you powerful information on how to improve your home security. Take steps to secure these weak spots by doing things like keeping your garden tidy so that burglars can’t hide from you, using a grill to reinforce access points that need extra reinforcement, etc.
2. Be Careful About Who Knows Your Living Arrangements
When anticipating workers for tasks such as setting up the internet, installing your air-conditioning unit, etc., make sure it’s not obvious that you live alone. By doing such, those workers with bad intentions won’t think of your place as an easy target. Invite a friend over when you’re expecting workers at your place. You’ll be safer with another person there, and your home might be lesser of a target in the future because the stranger will think that you live with your friend, and not alone.
3. Notice Unusual Activity, and Report Them
When anticipating workers for tasks such as setting up the internet, maintenance of your air-conditioning unit, etc., make sure it’s not obvious that you live alone so that workers with bad intentions won’t think of your place as an easy target. Invite a friend over when you’re expecting workers at your place. You’ll be safer with another person there, and your home might be lesser of a target in the future because the stranger will think that you live with your friend, and not alone.
4. Invest In A Home Security System
A quality home security solution containing components such as strong locks, a smart alarm system, and surveillance cameras (especially those with night vision mode) will surely increase your home’s security. Alarm systems deter potential break-ins by signaling to criminals that a house is not an easy target because the owner took the time to seriously protect and secure it. Even if they manage to break in, a modern security system can detect and report motion, record ongoing activity, and notify the owner what’s going on in the home. TruSafe’s alarm system even include a cutting-edge mobile app control option so you can self-monitor your home’s emergency wherever you are, whenever it happens. An excellent home security system is the best investment you can make for yourself, your safety, and your home.
5. Have A Professional Home Security Monitoring Service
With professional monitoring service, once alarm triggered, it sends signal to a specialized round-the-clock monitoring centre. A professionally trained CMS personnel then responds appropriately by notifying you and also alerting relevant authorities if the need arises. A high-quality monitoring service increases your home security by ensuring faster dispatch and more efficient control during emergencies such as fires, break-ins, and even medical emergencies. With RM3.30/day*, truSafe x Chubb 24/7 Professional Monitoring is there in the background, always helping to protect what’s most precious to you.
It’s important to invest in and take proper security measures to minimize the chances of home invasions. Among all these suggested methods, a smart home security system is one of the best measures you can take to ensure that you are protected now that you’re living alone.
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