Feeling safe and being safe are different but intertwined ideas. Though safety can never be guaranteed, there are measurable ways to be more safe—the things that statistically lower crime, like locking your doors and windows. However, you can be safe, but not necessarily feel safe, yet both are equally as important.
We feel safer when our senses, especially our hearing and sight senses, are satisfied. Here we present seven ways to satisfy your senses and calm your nerves when you’re at home.
1. Brighten your surroundings
Yes, we may associate fear of the dark with childhood (or with an old show on Nickelodeon), but it is probably the number one reason we feel unsafe. Brightening our surroundings can help you feel less vulnerable. This may mean installing all energy-efficient bulbs in your outside lights and keeping them on whenever it’s dark. Outdoor lights with sensors are also very useful because they help you know if something outside is moving. Inside the house, you can keep low lights on even in the lesser-used parts of the home. At night, turn on nightlights, especially near windows, so your house doesn’t appear completely dark.
2. Shut out the night
Before it gets dark outside, close your blinds and curtains. Even though you can’t see outside, people outside can see you very clearly at night if your windows are exposed.
3. Avoid dark, overgrown corners in your landscaping
Your own yard could be a source of fear if you see dark shadows outside. If you can, clear out those corners and trim back the hedges. Renters of some properties may need to call their property management or landlord and request the cleanup.
4. Fix the creaks and groans
On an unusually windy day, you’ll probably hear a few extra sounds from your home and yard. You might have a back door that thumps with the wind or tree branches that scrape your siding or windows. Find the sources of these noises and take care of them so you can ease your nerves on those blustery days.
5. Play music or turn on the television at night
Blocking out the normal outside noises may help you feel less worried about your safety. This should be done primarily if you have a security system in place that will clearly notify you and the authorities when there really is a danger.
6. Know your neighbors
Get to know your neighbors. It’s a good way to build community, make friends, and get help when you feel unsafe. Exchange phone numbers so you can text or call to check in or ask for help.
7. Use a security system.
A security system is perhaps your best aid to feeling safe. A properly installed and set up security system helps improve your actual safety, which then helps you feel safer. It can also help satisfy you both visually and aurally because you can have security cameras that allow you to see what is happening around your house, and you can have alarms that sound to alert you of intruders. For more information about the security systems available and to find the best fit for your home and family, visit our recommended security systems pages.
The best way to feel safe varies from person to person. It’s important that you identify what in your house causes you to feel insecure and frightened, and then do your best to resolve those issues. When you feel safe, every-day tasks become more manageable, and every-day living becomes more enjoyable.
Katherine has had several years of experience developing and executing multichannel marketing campaigns, but actually started her career path in journalism. Though she switched gears, she continues to be driven by the need to deliver information that can be helpful for individuals. As an owner of two rescue dogs, she is most interested in technology and products that allow her to keep a close eye on her pets when she’s away. Learn more