Whether you’ve recently graduated and are getting your first apartment, or you’re finding yourself alone in a big house after a divorce or being widowed, living alone often comes on the heels of a major life change. Having your own living space can be exciting and empowering, but it can also be a little scary.
No matter how you feel about your living situation, a home security system can help ease some of your fears. From adding surveillance cameras in and around your home, to installing smart locks that can be controlled right from your phone, these safety tips for living alone will help give you the confidence and independence you need to navigate this new stage of your life.
Make sure doors are always secure
The first step in learning how to be safe living alone is to always make sure your doors are secure, especially at night or when you aren’t home. With smart locks, it’s never been easier to secure your home—anytime, from anywhere. Your smartphone becomes your house key, allowing you to lock and unlock your doors quickly, easily, and remotely. No more digging around for your keys in the dark. Plus, you can set rules through a mobile app to remind you if you accidentally forget to lock up when you leave for work or go to bed. And if you did forget, a simple swipe on your phone is all you need to do to ensure your doors are locked.
Each lock can be controlled separately, so you can control different doors throughout your home. And planning for visitors doesn’t mean you have to leave your home vulnerable; if you’re expecting people when you won’t be home, there’s no need to leave a door unlocked or a key under your doormat. Use the app to view the security camera on your front or back porch to see when they arrive, unlock the door remotely, and lock up again when they leave. Learn more about Xfinity’s Kwikset SmartCode lock, or find out if an August Lock is right for you.
Keep an eye on your surroundings
The first few days of living alone for the first time are bound to rattle some nerves. Every little noise and creak might leave you wondering if someone (or something!) is lurking right outside your door. With a home security system that includes WiFi-enabled cameras and sensors, you can watch video of the areas within and outside of your home conveniently from your smartphone.
We recommend you place cameras and sensors at your home’s entry points, hallways, and your yard. Connect each camera to your phone with the companion mobile app, and you’ll have an instant view of your surroundings. With Xfinity Home, you’ll have the option of live video monitoring and 24/7 Video Recording, so you can check each camera in real time or go back to watch up to 10 days of stored footage in the cloud. Plus, our indoor/outdoor cameras are weather resistant and include night vision, providing you with a crisp and clear picture of everything that’s happening, no matter the time of day or night.
For the ultimate in convenience and safety, set “rules” so your sensors can trigger pre-determined actions. For instance, if someone tries to break in and a motion detector is triggered, your surveillance cameras can be set to automatically start recording, and your lights can automatically turn on, helping to scare away any intruders. Plus, you’ll receive real-time alerts on your mobile device, so you can take action from wherever you are.
Get professional help in emergencies
Chances are, you’re going to be perfectly safe living on your own. You got this! But in the case of emergencies, it’s always good to know that help isn’t far away. With connected security systems like Xfinity Home, 24/7 professional monitoring is included, so if a security or smoke alarm is triggered, the authorities will be notified right away.
Big life changes like living alone for the first time can be stressful. But they don’t have to be. With today’s high-tech security solutions like WiFi-enabled security cameras, smart locks, and motion sensors, you can enjoy peace of mind and convenience at the same time.