Secure your home

Secure your home

Try and look at your home from the point of view of an abuser or criminal.

  1. Are your locks secure, hard to pick? Could the abuser have a key?
    • Invest in good quality locks on doors and windows put on additional bolts and use a door chain when at home.
  2. Do you suspect your stalker is breaking into your home? Think about in-house surveillance.
    • Today, there are inexpensive cameras you can set-up in your home (think nanny cams). They allow you to login and look at your home using your mobile. Many are motion activated and will record anyone coming into the home.
  3. Are you safe when answering the door?
    • Install a spyhole, motion detector lights in the front, back sides and consider an intercom or video intercom (they are no longer very expensive)
  4. Are you safe when you come home?
    • Have your motion detector light set to come on several feet before you reach your door.
    • Have a personal alarm and keys ready to use.
  5. Consider getting security cameras inside and outside your home.
  6. Could your abuser have put in a listening device inside the home?
    • get an inexpensive transistor radio and check for static near electrical sockets.
  7. Could your abuser have put something on  your phone, have access to your Google or iCloud account? Could they have sent you an email with spyware that could turn on your laptop or computers webcam.
    1. see advice on cleaning mobiles and computers

Outside

  1. Go outside during the day and night and look inside your house what can you see? 
    • Consider using film on the windows to obscure the view.
    • Close curtains as soon as it starts to be come dusk
  2. Are the shrubs and bushes where they can hide to watch you?
    • Cut bushes back or remove them
    • Use prickly bushes as a barrier against windows.
  3. Are there dark areas where they can lurk?
    • Consider putting up solar garden lights or a motion detection light
    • How high is your fence?
      • You can add height to a fence by adding a trellis, it helps screen the garden without being strong enough to climb.
    • How can you make the path up to your doors and around the primiter of the house work for you?
      • Using gravel, slate or pebbles on driveways and paths will help you hear someone approach. 
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