Slightly modified from a post (here)
Protecting your home
- Change the locks when you move to a new place. Install a deadbolt lock.
- Get a security system if you are anxious about break-ins.
- Make sure your front door has a peephole - and USE it!
- Insert a piece of wood or a metal pole inside the tracks of any sliding doors to increase security.
- Keep your back door locked. If there is a door that allows entry to your house, keep that locked too.
- Set up timers to turn your lights on at night when you're away.
- Keep outside lights on at night.
Staying safe inside
- Don't advertise that you live alone.
- Keep the chain-lock in place when you answer the door. Don't let strangers in. If someone needs help, offer to call the police while the person waits outside.
- Ask for ID before letting service people into your home.
- Call 9-9-9 if you hear noises or see anything suspicious near your home. Don't feel awkward; this is what the police are trained to do.
When you're away
These precautions can help you feel secure when you get home:
- Lock up before you go - whether you'll be away for five minutes or five days.
- Have a friend pick up your mail and newspapers when you're out of town. If possible, have someone park his or her car in your driveway.
- Don't leave notes on the door saying that you're out - and when you'll return.
- Before going out, leave a RM50 bill in your home - in plain sight. When you return, don't step inside if the money is gone.
- Leave and call 9-9-9 if anything seems amiss (such as an open door or window). Don't go inside.
- Leave your spare key with someone you trust - not under the doormat or inside the mailbox.
Keeping loved ones informed
Imagine the worst - that you fall down the stairs, have a heart attack or fall victim to a crime. These thoughts may be scary, but preparing for them can make you less vulnerable.
- If you don't know anyone in your area, ask a loved one to stay in close contact. Have that person call for help if he or she can't reach you within an agreed-upon time frame.
- If you have family and friends nearby, give one of them your key. Tell this person to use it if something happens and you can't be reached.
- Let a friend know where you'll be and when you'll return if you're going away on business or vacation.
- If you don't already have a cell phone, get one. You'll have it for emergencies and you'll be able to keep your loved ones informed - by phone or text - if there's a problem.
- Living alone may give you some desired independence, but don't take that freedom too far. Staying in touch enhances your social life - and provides a lifeline between you and your loved ones.