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How to Stay Safe When You Live Alone
by Kim Hess

Living alone after a separation or divorce can have a strong impact on your emotional wellbeing. Feeling safe in your home is a big step in recovering stability in your life while dealing with the loss of your marriage and the life you used to know.  Follow these helpful tips to
stay safe now that you are "home alone."

Neighbors

During such a tough time like divorce it is easy to isolate oneself and value your privacy.  Get to know your neighbors who live on your street or in your hallway.  Having extra eyes watching your house or apartment will help you feel more safe.

Review Access Points

View your home through the eyes of a burglar.  Are the entry points to your house or apartment always securely locked?  Doors should have two locks including a deadbolt. Windows should be securely locked, even when leaving home for a short amount of time. Are there hiding places
for burglars that you need to be aware of?  Make sure the outside of your main door is well lit.

Apartment Buildings

List only your last name and first initial on the directory.  Never allow a stranger to enter the building by holding the door for them, or buzzing them in through your intercom.  You may be giving access to a burglar.

Phone Safety

Just like your apartment directory, if you choose to list your name in the phone book show only your last name and first initial.  On your home answering machines or voicemail, be sure to use "we" instead of "I" when stating you are not home or available.

Coming and Going

Know what businesses in your neighborhood are open 24 hours a day. This will give you a safe place to go into if you feel you are being followed on your way home.  Also make sure you have your keys in your hand ready to open the lock before you get to the door.  If you arrive
home to signs of a break in, do not go inside.  Use a neighbor's phone or go to the nearest police station to report your suspicions.

Living alone can be difficult in the beginning. Following these tips and using common sense can help you live safely and happily on your own.

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