If you are a single parent, then you have even more concerns when it comes to home security than the average family. You are the only adult to watch over the safety of your little one and the only one there to confront a criminal who may come on your property or in your home. Here are some of the things you should consider doing in and around your home and property to help create the securest place possible for yourself and your children.
Build the right type of fence
As a parent, you not only want to prevent bad people from being able to easily access your property, but you also want to make sure your child can't simply walk out of the yard when you turn away for even a moment, which happens to parents all the time. For both these things, a wrought iron fence will be best. This type of fence will be very hard for your child to climb over, be difficult for a criminal to climb over, and will leave your yard visible to your neighbors who can warn you if they see anything strange going on in your yard or around your home.
Consider having a second car in your driveway
As a single parent, you may only have one car. This makes it easy for a criminal to learn your routine. Putting a second car in the driveway can make your home appear riskier for criminals to break into. An option you have so you don't have to buy a second car you really may not need is to make a deal with a neighbor who is lacking sufficient parking space for all their vehicles and let them leave one of their vehicles parked in your spot, so it's a win-win situation.
Don't let people see in any of your windows
Have some system in place for making it impossible for someone to see in your house. Luckily, there are many options. You can choose reflective tints, opening and closing shutters, blinds, and curtains. When people can't get a glimpse in the home, it makes breaking into your home less comfortable for them and that is a very good thing. As a single parent, you will also feel better knowing that someone isn't peeking in at your child.
* Be aware that with window tints, the inside can be seen at night when the inside light is on.
Make it look as if more people live in the home
As a single parent, you may feel like more of an easy target, and sadly, you may be one. Luckily, along with having that second car mentioned above, there are also many other things you can do to make it look like more adults are in the household. One example of something you can do to make it look as if there are more adults in the house is to leave a pair of women's sandals and men's work boots on your front porch.
Take care of security needs
Start improving security around the house by enlisting the help of a locksmith who can come out to test and upgrade the locks on the doors and windows of your home. Also, have a security system put in that is remotely accessible and that has cameras in all the weaker areas of the home as well as other areas you want to be able to keep an eye on from anywhere.