Living on your own is becoming ever more popular across the UK with 13% of people in the UK living independently.
This is due to a turn in social change for contemporary men, women and young professionals seeking new independent lives and many elderly people preferring to spend their old age living independently in their own homes. Living by yourself can be a little daunting with no one around to help you if you fall or if you start to hear funny noises in the night, but on the other hand can be extremely liberating and give a great sense of independence. However there’s no need to worry as we’ve taken a look to find some useful tips to help take the edge off of being home alone. We will be showing you some useful tips and things you can do to help you reassure yourself if you’re living independently.
Crime is falling
• Crime is falling as according to official figures the crime rate in the UK has fallen by 7%, making it the lowest it has been since 1981.
• Only 23% of burglaries happen at night.
• In only 20% of cases does the victim see the burglar.
In the modern world communities of people are stretched across the world with millions of people with the same desires as yourself and in the same situation as you. By building a network of friends whether it is online, or keeping in contact with distant friends this can help defeat the feeling of vulnerability and isolation and create social security. Make plans and organise your security to enable you live a safer and happier life.
Don’t advertise your living arrangements.
If you are living by yourself it’s helpful to keep it to yourself, try not to advertise the fact that you live alone too much – especially on social media. Unfortunately lots of burglars will use social media to source victims to target and showing that you live alone and your property is often vacant could leave you vulnerable. A handy trick for living in an apartment or flat is not to put your single name on your letterbox, try using ‘The Smith Family’ to give the impression the property doesn’t have a sole occupant.
Keep a network of friends close.
Try to regularly keep in touch with your friends especially if they live close by, let them know if you’re home alone or if you’re away for the weekend so if they pass by they keep an eye on your property. It also helps to keep in touch in case you have any unexpected issues, if you regularly speak to friend and they don’t hear from you they may think something is up and notify others around you of a concern and also helps take the edge of living alone.
Keep a torch.
For your own piece of mind keep a torch nearby, either by your bed or somewhere you can gain access to in case of emergency. In the event of electricity failing and having no lights this can often be a worrying time, if you have a torch nearby this can take the edge off of being stuck in the dark on your own.
Install an Alarm
Install an alarm with or without sound, having an alarm which does sound is by far the better option but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far even an alarm that doesn’t sound can help improve your security and act as a deterrent. There are a range of alarms on the market for any budget and can often be self fitted thus not incurring the costs of a professional to fit them. A property with a visual alarm is a lot less likely to be targeted than one without so considering installing an alarm if living alone is a wise idea.
Leaving a light on.
If you’re out for the evening and live by yourself and your property is going to be vacant until you return, leave a light on in your home, this gives the impression to anyone approaching that someone is home so it is much less likely to be targeted.
Get a Dog
Get yourself a dog, not a fish a cat or a budgie these won’t help improve your home security. A dog is a companion, they’re like a room mate that is always home and an alarm that can’t be switched off. The dog doesn’t need to be aggressive but will bark if a stranger approaches, dramatically decreasing your chances of a break in. They will also help with your feeling of isolation. However, if you are considering getting yourself a dog you need to be certain you can look after the dog accordingly and commit to the ongoing commitments of having a pet.
Additional security products.
There are lots of products on the market that can help increase your home and personal security, all of which range in variety and price hugely. However, the good news is that by taking simple precautionary steps and purchasing some of the less expensive products can really help in deterring potential burglars.
At Keytek® we are always on the lookout for tips and advice that we can pass on to our customers. For more tips why not take a look at our blog and follow us on facebook.
If you would like to purchase any security products, we have a wide range available in our shop, from security door chains to the latest in home security alarm systems. www.keytekshop.co.uk
The living alone statistics were taken from The Office for National Statistics
The information on living solo was taken from the Telegraphs write up on Eric Klienbergs book Going solo