Getting an apartment with some friends off campus is definitely one of the highlights of college as it is one of the first moments when you can feel entirely independent and truly feel like an adult. Chances are it will be your first time living on your own and as such it is important that you take a few added home security precautions in order to make sure that you and your friends are safe at all times. Because you will not be under the care of university housing anymore, it is important that you are vigilant about your own safety and security.
For starters, it is important that you are very selective about who you live with and that you know and trust them. Not only will you be sharing a space with them but they will be bringing in friends and it is critical that you trust their choice of friends and social acquaintances. For your safety and that of your housemates be sure to have a house meeting to discuss the importance of maintaining a certain level of home security and ensuring that your housemates and you only bring trusted friends into the home as strangers would compromise the safety of everyone in the home.
Also be sure to invest in a home alarm system if you don’t already have one so that you and your housemates will feel safe knowing that you have a system of protection in place to guard against forced intrusion or unwanted entry. Be sure that only you and your housemates know the code so that your safety is not compromised and make certain that everyone in the home uses the alarm so that you can be certain that in the event of an emergency, the proper help will be on the way. It is still possible to have fun and enjoy your independence while still managing to keep a safe and secure home.
Also, be sure to lock the doors and windows every night even if you feel that you live in a safe neighborhood or that it is heavily populated with students. You can never be too certain and it is better to err on the side of caution than to take any chances. Be sure that you all respect each others privacy and space and try not to be the one always mentioning the issue of home security so that there is more of a unanimous feel in the home and that there is harmony. Most of all, enjoy the independence and freedom that living off campus affords and explore the city or town that you live in from a vantage point other than just that of the student life. Chances are, there is a lot that the city has to offer culturally apart from the bars and nightclubs that students frequent. By following these simple tips you should be able to enjoy your newfound freedom without having to worry about your safety.
Look into an adt Home Alarm for an affordable option of how you can protect your home. Also, check out securitychoice.com for great ways to protect your home.
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