Must Know Tips for Staying Safe When Renting Alone

Living alone in a neighborhood or community you barely know is quite uncomfortable.  Below are some practical tips and advice that can help address your concern in terms of safety, security and comfort.

Change Door Locks

This is a must and the very first step you must do in terms of safety and security. Upon moving in to your new home, see to it that you change each and every door locks. This can give you assurance that only you have the direct access to your doors and no other people can easily get in at any given time.

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Get a Dog

If you are allowed to bring in a pet or two, by all means get a dog. Having a dog around can give you some peace of mind knowing that it can protect you and your home from outsiders that are trying to break in. Their senses and natural instinct can become your instant alarm most especially when you are sleeping.

Study the Neighborhood

If you can, walk around the neighborhood and try to get a feel of what’s living in the community feels like at day and at night. Doing this can give you a general overview of the type of people you will usually encounter day-in and out.

If you can take things further, you can even visit nearby police precinct or station and ask about how safe the community is.

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Befriend Some Neighbors

If you are new to the neighborhood, it’s a must that you befriend few of your neighbors. This way, you can ask them few stories about the community itself and the house you are renting right now. Befriending some of them can also help you out in case of emergency cases.

Request for Security Inspection

Ask a local police or someone who is an expert at home security to inspect and identify the areas in your home that is vulnerable to criminals. Ask them for ideas and advice on how you can better protect yourself and your home from burglars.

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Important Tips:

Remove all expensive items that can be easily seen outside your home or through your window.

Remove all blind spots near our within your home. Overgrown shrubs can become burglar-friendly places if not addressed.

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32 thoughts on “Must Know Tips for Staying Safe When Renting Alone

  1. Great tips for keeping safe. The door locks thing is something most people don’t think about. Also, a lot of people don’t think much about putting their huge screen TV in the living room, right in view from the street.
    I am so thankful I live in an area where I feel safe, but crime can strike anywhere… TFS

  2. Finding apartments that allow pets around here is very rare. I love your other tips, though.

  3. these are all really great tips! whenever I move into a new neighborhood the first thing i do is try and meet the neighbors. It’s always good to know the neighbors and have an extra set of eyes on your house. We have also always had a dog.

  4. Awesome tips for renters and home owners alike. I always also like to add curtains to any street facing windows so I can close them when not at home.

  5. I lived alone for quite some time when I was younger. You have some great tips. I do remember there were times when I was scared to death. It is very important to do your best to stay safe.

  6. These are really great tips. I haven’t lived by myself in a few years but I remember when I did and it was pretty scary.

  7. These are great tips. I haven’t lived alone in about a decade but I know how dangerous it can be especially for a woman living alone.

  8. These are awesome safety tips when renting alone. I love the idea of changing the locks. It is always a good idea to befriend some neighbors because you each watch out for each other. You gain more friends that way too by befriending neighbors. Thanks for sharing.

  9. These are great tips. My Daughter is moving into her first place in September. It is smart to get to know a few of your neighbors.

  10. These are some great tips! I have never lived alone. I would be kinda scared to ever actually lol…. I would think changing locks would be super important!!

  11. I have never lived alone before. I think I’d always be paranoid if I did, considering that so much goes on these days. These are wonderful tips, though!

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