As a woman, living alone can be an empowering and liberating experience. However, it’s important to also consider the safety aspect of living alone, especially in today’s world. Unfortunately, statistics show scary facts that women are more likely to be victims of crimes. This is not to say that living alone as a woman is inherently dangerous, but it is important to take steps to protect yourself and reduce your risk of harm.
One way to do this is by learning how to protect yourself. This can include learning self-defense techniques, knowing how to use safety devices like pepper spray or a fire arm, and always being aware of your surroundings. It can also include having trusted people who you can reach out to in case of an emergency. Lasly, having a plan in place for what to do in various situations.
Types of Protection
There are several types of home protection that can be helpful for women who live alone. Some options include:
- Door and window locks: Having strong locks on your doors and windows is an important step in securing your home. Consider using deadbolts and/or security screens to add an extra layer of protection.
- Security system: Installing a security system with sensors on doors and windows, as well as cameras, can help deter burglaries and allow you to monitor your home remotely.
- Personal alarms: Personal alarms are small, portable devices that can be carried with you and activated in case of an emergency. They are often loud and can attract attention to help deter attackers.
- Pepper spray: Pepper spray is a chemical agent that can be used to temporarily incapacitate an attacker. It’s important to familiarize yourself with how to use pepper spray safely before carrying it.
- Lighting: Installing motion-sensor lights outside your home can help deter burglaries and make it easier for you to see your surroundings when coming home at night.
- Buddy system: Establishing a network of trusted friends, family members, or neighbors who you can reach out to in case of an emergency can provide an extra layer of protection. You can also consider sharing your location with a trusted person when going out.
- Firearm: Even if you do not like guns, conceal-carrying is an excellent form of protection. When properly trained in weapons handling, conceal carrying can be a great addition to your home protection.
- Other Weapons: Tasers, knives, etc
- Pets: Even having a dog to alert you of intruders can be helpful in protection. They also can provide protection when you are out and about.
- Emergency plan: Having a plan in place for what to do in case of an emergency, such as a break-in or natural disaster, can help you feel more prepared and in control.
Take a Self Defense Class
Self-defense classes are not just for men. Women probably benefit from learning how to defend themselves in dangerous situations more. In fact, with the high rates of violence against women, it is more important than ever for women to take control of our own safety and learn how to protect ourself.
One of the biggest benefits of women taking self-defense classes is the increase in confidence and empowerment. Growing up in the city I learned that confidence will go a long way. It can be as simple as not “appearing afraid” and being sure of myself when I am out and about alone.
Learning self-defense techniques and strategies can help women gain a sense of agency over their own safety. This can help by boosting self-esteem and improve overall mental and emotional well-being.
Additionally, self-defense classes can also provide women with practical skills that can be used in real-life situations. These classes typically cover a wide range of topics. Which include:
- awareness and prevention
- verbal and physical self-defense techniques
- strategies for escaping dangerous situations
Learning these skills, you can be better prepared to handle any potential threats and protect yourself and their loved ones.
Another benefit of self-defense classes is the opportunity to build a support network. These classes are typically taught in a group setting, which can provide a sense of community and support among the classmates. Women can learn from each other and share their experiences, which can help make friendship and a community that will last.
Home Safety Items
This small lock has proven to stop intruders in their tracks. This is something you can use at home as an extra security measure to your standard deadbolt. You can even take it when you travel.
You can place thse on any window or door to alert you of when they have been opened. This item is renter friendly, and super easy to install.
This is your old school door jam. You can use this on any door while you are inside to prevent people from opening doors whether they are sliding doors or standard.
You need to protect yourself. Protect your home with a variety of gadgets including the ones listed above and home security cameras. Don’t forget to always keep a first aid kit and flashlights; be sure to keep flashlights in each room of your home. Take the time to ensure there are a number of measures in your home to protect you home and everyone inside of it.
Also, as cliche as it sounds take a self-defense class so that you can protect yourself while you are out and about. If you are not comfortable carrying a firearm, please remember to carry mace and/or a taser. If you are comfortable carrying a firearm be sure you take a weapons handling course to make sure you know how to properly carry. Black women be sure to follow, My Sisters Keeper on instagram as well.