Living on your own for the first time is exciting. You’ve found an apartment and it allows you a great amount of freedom. You can choose the times to come and go and how you decorate. But it is important for you to feel safe and comfortable when living alone in your apartment. There are many basic security measures you can take to make sure you and your belongings are safe and protected. Here are a few ideas to keep you safe and happy while living in your apartment.
Check your apartment:
· Security System & Alarms- Check your apartment for a security system and learn how to operate it. It is a good idea to also check for smoke alarms and fire alarms. Make sure that all alarms have batteries and are working properly.
· Locks- Make sure that the locks on all your doors and windows are working well, even if you don’t live on the bottom floor. It is a good idea to check this before you move into your apartment, so that you can make sure any security risks are fixed and ready to go for when you move in. Keeping everything locked, especially at night when you are sleeping and vulnerable, will help ensure you not only feel safe but that you are safe. Sleeping will come easier when you know you are secure.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. It is incredibly important to be observant. This goes for your neighbors, their friends and frequent visitors, complex staff, and anyone else that might be loitering around your apartment complex. Be sure to report any suspicious activity. Check local crime reports and stay aware of the activity happening around you.
Get to know your neighbors- Living in an apartment complex is a good idea for many reasons. Being surrounded by many different people is one of them. People are constantly coming and going at various times of the day and night to be potential witnesses in case anything happens. Your neighbors are a great way of spreading the word in case anything happens and they can keep you updated about anything that has happened in the past. Getting to know your neighbors will mean having someone else looking out for you and your apartment. (It goes both ways.) But it is also a good idea to be cautious when getting to know your neighbors. If you have a bad feeling about them or people they hang out with, be cautious and don’t give away any important information like vacation schedules or details about your belongings.
Hang curtains – Curtains not only make your apartment look great but will help keep you and your belongings safe. Having curtains covering all your windows will prevent people from seeing into your apartment. It will be impossible for anyone to see that you are alone and what possessions you have in your apartment. Don’t leave items of value sitting near doors or windows. Keeping these items secure and out of view will remove the temptation for any unsavory characters lurking nearby.
Get a dog – Having a canine friend in your apartment with you will keep any unwanted visitors away and will help you feel safe at night. Dogs are great for helping you to feel safe, but they are not a replacement for a security system. Think of them as added protection. Be sure to check with your apartment complex to be sure dogs are allowed.
Take a self-defense class – These classes not only will instill confidence but you will learn techniques that you can use if something were to happen. Murphy’s law just may help in the sense that nothing will happen to you if you are prepared. Learning self defense will keep you confident and strong. You will also meet new people that can become great friends in the future!
One of the most important tips to being safe while living on your own is to always trust your gut. Follow these steps and you can feel safe and comfortable in your apartment day and night. It is a good idea to do further research to see what else you can do to protect yourself. Stay safe!
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