Alarm Systems and Protective Devices to Help You Feel Safer when Alone
- Types of safety devices to consider
- Safety devices recommended by police
- How to improve your home security
After a divorce, you may be living alone for the first time in many years. Your home may seem uncomfortably quiet, and you may even feel vulnerable going out for a simple walk in the neighborhood.
While this is natural at first, you deserve to be and feel comfortable and stay safe in your home. Fortunately, there are safety devices you can use and measures you can take to help maintain your security after divorce.
Types of safety devices to consider
Home security system
Unlike the old wired home security systems, new wireless systems have become increasingly sophisticated and are less likely to be breached than their old counterparts. Companies like ADT, SimpliSafe, and Nest now have features like remote monitoring, smart home integration, and motion sensors that can be customized to your needs and budget.
Smart doorbells and cameras
Devices like Google Nest Cam and Ring Video Doorbell allow you to see whoever is at your front door and monitor the outside of your home, even when you aren’t there. These often include added features like motion-trigger alerts, two-way audio, and night vision.
Indoor and outdoor cameras
These security cameras are effective deterrents against intruders, and many offer live-streaming so you can check your home anytime from your smartphone.
A smart lock provides enhanced security as well as convenience. In addition to locking and unlocking doors remotely, you can set unique codes for visitors and receive wireless alerts when someone enters your home.
What is a personal safety device?
A personal safety device is a small, portable device that can be carried on your person for added security. These devices range from simple pepper sprays and personal alarms to advanced GPS tracking devices and even stun guns. The key is to choose the device you feel most comfortable carrying and using.
Your smartphone can even act as a personal safety device. Many safety apps are available, and your phone itself has its own security features. With both iPhone and Android operating systems, you can share your location with others. Both systems also have emergency call features. Get familiar with your phone’s options so you can be prepared before you need to be.
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Safety devices recommended by police
Law enforcement officers are on the front lines when it comes to the public’s safety and security. Security solutions often recommended by police officers include:
- Personal alarms that emit a loud screeching noise at the push of a button. Some of these have built-in flashlights that help you navigate in the dark and see what is happening around you.
- Pepper or mace spray. Pepper and mace spray devices are small and can be carried easily in a pocket or on a keychain. Both are designed to cause excruciating irritation to the eyes and temporary visual impairment, allowing you time to escape.
- Stun guns or stun batons. These devices use an electric shock to temporarily disarm an assailant, allowing you time to get away.
- TASER devices. While stun guns rely on close proximity, a TASER device uses projectile prongs that can reach an assailant up to 15 feet away.
It’s important to remember that the use of stun guns, stun batons, TASER devices, and even pepper spray is regulated and restricted by state law. Learn your own state’s laws and regulations before purchasing and carrying one of these personal safety devices.
How to improve the security of your home
Whether you’re at home or away, you can enhance your home’s security by taking these security measures.
- Using strong deadbolt locks on all exterior doors
- Changing your locks if your ex or anyone else has access to keys
- Keeping all doors and windows locked, even when you’re home
- Installing a peephole or video doorbell device so you can see who is at the door before you open it
- Keeping your home exterior well-lit with a few motion-triggered outdoor lights
- Updating your security system to one with wireless technology and remote monitoring
- Changing passwords and removing other user profiles if you shared a security hub with your ex
- Using timers on lights to give the impression that someone is home
- Avoiding posting information on social media that tells others you live alone or are not home
- Developing or joining a neighborhood watch group or simply keeping in contact with close neighbors so you can watch out for each other
Divorce opens the door to many new possibilities. But before you open those doors, you want to feel as safe and secure as possible.
Taking important steps to protect yourself isn’t just about your physical safety. It’s also about the peace of mind and confidence to focus on your new chapter. At Hello Divorce, we’re here to support you no matter where you are on your journey. Want more information? Schedule a free call to chat with a friendly account coordinator about your situation.
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