Divorce brings changes and challenges in life that impact single moms more often than men, even those with custody of the kids.
Among the issues single moms now face are concerned about their safety since they’re home alone with their children.
Without the protection and peace of mind, we gain knowing someone is there to deter burglars or other attackers, single mothers may feel uneasy at home alone with their children.
Luckily, there are many ways single mothers can take safety precautions at home after a divorce with minimal money and effort.
1. Install a Security Alarm
Security alarms alert police and other officials if someone tries to enter the home without consent. Many times, would-be burglars avoid homes that have security alarms installed. They want to get in and out of the house with their loot, without being noticed and an alarm makes it near impossible to do that. Security alarms are extremely effective and when you include monthly monitoring, you have the assurance that you are protected 24-hours per day, 7 days per week, 365-days per year.
2. Take a Self-Defense Class
Enroll in self-defense or martial arts programs to learn the best techniques to defend yourself against an attacker should the worst-case-scenario occur. The classes can be fun and exciting and teach simple maneuvers that can keep you safe in various dangerous situations you might encounter. It can be an engaging class that even kids will enjoy if you decide to enroll as a family. While we like to think that we’ll never be victimized, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry. Knowing a few self-defense maneuvers will give you peace-of-mind and a line of defense in an emergency.
3. Be Aware at All Times
A little bit of common sense goes a long way when it’s time to protect yourself and your children. Don’t use social media as a tell-all that invites criminals to your home. Be leery of the information that you post online, specifically where the kids are concerned. Stay up-to-date on crime statistics and information in the area as well. And of course, get to know the neighbors if you don’t know them already. When you have each other’s back as a simple neighborly gesture, everyone thrives. Being a proactive member of the community is the best way to deter crime that you can use!
4. Protect the Home With Quality Outdoor Lighting
Not only will outdoor lighting add aesthetic appeal and value to the home, but it also adds safety and protection that you’ll appreciate when the sun goes down. It can be very frightening to be home alone at night, especially if you aren’t able to see outside clearly. Additionally, if your property is well-lit at night, attackers or thieves will be deterred from attempting to break in, because they will be perfectly visible to you and your neighbors.
5. What do You See?
Install a doorbell camera and you’ll see everything that takes place beyond the protection of your front door. A doorbell camera also allows you to check to see who is at the door before you answer. Many burglars will ring the doorbell before breaking in to see if anyone is home. It also provides you with video evidence that can aid in prosecution should a mishap occurs on your property.
Safety Should Be a Priority
As a single mom, you’re looking out not only for yourself but the little ones you look after. It’s important that you take every possible precaution to protect your family against potential dangers, therefore adding home improvements should be among your top priority. The protection tips listed above are just a handful of the many ways that single moms can go the extra mile to stay safe after the divorce is finalized and they’re on their own.