- Get a home security system. There is a monthly charge, but your mental ease may be well worth the monthly monitoring fee.
- Simply put a home security sign in your front yard. It has been proven to deter robberies.
- Get a dog. They are great as alarms and protection and make great company.
- Ensure all of your windows and doors are locked before going to bed.
- Plant bushes with thrones in front of 1st level windows to make it a painful challenge to access them from outside.
- Put a plastic PVC pipe or wooden rod in the track of sliding door to block it from being opened.
- Put ladders, buckets and anything that could easily be moved to access a window away in a locked garage or shed.
- If you have an alarm on your car, sleep with your extra set of keys in on your nightstand. Hit the panic button if you feel there is an intruder, the sound may be enough to scare them away.
- Sleep with your phone in your bedroom so that you have easy access to calling for help.
- If you are going out of town, ask a neighbor to gather your mail, packages, newspapers and fliers off your front door.
- Put a couple of lights on timers so that they turn on even when you are away to make the illusion that someone is home.
- Close all lower level blinds and curtains when you are away so that someone cannot look in to determine if anyone is home or not.
- If your significant other is out of town, see if a friend or relative can spend the night to keep you company.
- Take a self-defense class.
Feeling safe at home is essential to your well-being. I hope these tips are useful and I encourage anyone with more ideas to contribute with comments.