For most parents, providing your children a secure home is priority one. That challenge is greater for single parents, particularly single mothers, who may feel vulnerable without additional support to guard against intruders. There are, however, home security best practices you can use to keep your family safe.
Here are five simple home security steps every single mom should take:
1. Don’t be an easy target.
Crooks look for the path of least resistance – so don’t give intruders easy access to your home. Keep your doors and windows locked, change the locks when you move into a new home, and make sure you don’t leave a spare house key outside.
2. Stay alert.
Even if you live in a safe area, that doesn’t mean your neighborhood will be completely crime-free. For this reason, you should always be on your guard and pay close attention to your surroundings. Criminals love complacent homeowners who may not notice them lurking around. If you notice something suspicious, trust your instincts and call the local authorities to investigate.
3. Make wise landscaping choices.
Many criminals take advantage of overgrown plants by using them as cover while they gain access to a home. By keeping bushes trimmed – especially if they are near windows – you take away a prime would-be hiding spot for potential crooks.
4. Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
Your neighbors can be a some of your biggest safety advocates. They can help keep an eye on your home while you’re gone and offer a safe place for your children if they’re ever see something suspicious while home alone. Do your due diligence to research potential risks within your neighborhood and get to know your neighbors well before giving out any personal information.
5. Install (and use) a monitored home security system.
If you haven’t already, install a professionally monitored home security system. They are more affordable than you may think and keep your home protected 24/7 – from potential intruders as well as fire and medical emergencies. You may also want to consider adding home automation which allows you to remotely turn lights on or off, set the alarm, and watch your kids come home.
Single moms take on a great deal of responsibility. Knowing your family is safe can help you rest a little bit easier. Contact Scott Alarm today for a free home security consultation.