Safety as a single mom is hard work. If you’re a single mom, you probably take several measures to ensure that your children are financially protected. And given how there are more than 8,000 home invasions every day in the US, keeping your children physically safe is also a priority.
The truth is, you can’t guarantee that someone won’t break into your house and endanger your children. But as a single mom, it’s only smart to recognize that your chances of a home invasion might be higher than other families. Although some burglars randomly break into homes, others are extremely careful and thorough case neighborhoods in search of easy targets. Unfortunately, without a male living in your home, a thief may target your family.
This isn’t meant to scare you, but it does suggest the need to take extra precautions to keep yourself and your children safe.
1. Get a peephole
Not only should you teach children not to open the door when strangers knock, but you should also take similar precautions and install a peephole (or door viewer) in your front door. Always check before opening the door, and if you don’t know the person on the other side, keep your door closed. A male may appear to be a harmless salesperson or another professional, but if you open the door, this person may push himself inside your home.
2. Home alarm system
A Wireless home alarm system can become your best friend when you’re a single mom. Living alone can be frightening at times, especially if you’re hearing noise (either real or imagined) on your property. With a monitored home alarm system, you can enjoy peace of mind and sleep through the night knowing that your home and family are protected.
Of course, to benefit from an alarm system, you need to set the alarm when you’re away from home and during the night. In addition, your alarm system can function as a monitored fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
3. Maintain your locks
Before going to bed and leaving the house, double check locks on doors and windows to ensure that your home is secure. In addition, fix any broken locks on your windows. A thief may go from window to window looking for an easy entry into your home.
4. Take empty boxes to a public dumpster
If you purchase electronics, such as a television or a computer, do not place empty boxes outside or near your trash bins. If a thief goes through your trash and sees a box, he may break into your home to steal your merchandise. Take boxes to a public dump.
5. Keep your property well lit at night
Okay, I understand concerns about an expensive light bill. However, keeping your house well lit at night — especially around doors and windows can deter theft. If possible, install motion sensor lights around your front or back doors, as well as solar lights for added security.
It doesn’t matter if you live in a safe neighborhood, a thief might target your home. But with an alarm system and other safety measures, you can reduce the chances of any issues and maintain peace of mind