If You Live Alone, It's Straight Up Time To Live Smarter... And Safer

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On your own? Study up on these six must-know secrets to staying safe!

Living alone definitely has its perks. You don't have to worry about your roommate eating all your food, stealing your clothes, or hogging the remote. But living alone — especially as a female — also comes with its fair share of risks.

Whether you're fresh out of college and moving into your first apartment or an established professional and first-time homeowner, be sure to take these safety precautions.

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

Get to know your neighbors without giving away too much personal information too quickly. It can't hurt to have an extra set of eyes watching out for you.

INSTALL A SECURITY SYSTEM

Installing security cameras, burglar alarms, or motion sensor lights are great devices to deter criminals from lurking around your home.

INSTALL ELECTONIC LOCKS

If your apartment is lacking in deadbolts or you're worried about changing the locks, consider installing electronic locks instead. They can't be picked like traditional locks, you can change the codes frequently, and some can even be controlled remotely.

CLOSE THE CURTAINS

This may seem like an obvious tip, but you'd be surprised how many people overlook this step. Not only will it prevent Peeping Toms, but it will also prevent potential burglars from scoping out your home or sneaking a peak at what valuables you own.

USE SAFETY APPS

There are plenty of personal safety apps out there that allow you to send your location to friends, alert emergency contacts, or even sound alarms if you feel threatened.

STAY SMART ON SOCIAL MEDIA

One of the most important preventative measures you can take is staying smart on social media. It's a good idea to never post in real time so you aren't broadcasting to the world that you are out of town on vacation or that you just got an expensive plasma TV for your birthday. Think before you post.


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