Moving Into Your First Apartment

You finally made it! For years you waited to be free, out on your own, and have your own space. Walking into your new apartment is a fulfilling moment when you see all the emptiness that you command. A couch there, a painting here. Above the door is an old saying you live by. This apartment is an extension of you and it’s completely yours.

Despite your euphoria, there is an unfortunate consequence of living alone. You are a young woman. Your newfound freedom has also blacklisted you as an easy victim for criminals. Think nothing ever happens or could happen to you? Think again. Statistically, the odds are not in your favor. You may be one in a million in your city, but you are still just one. This can weigh heavily on your mind and wreak havoc on your emotions.

Don’t give into the fear.

Peek outside your door. There is no neon sign blinking directing rapists to your new home. This doesn’t mean you aren’t vulnerable. Take control and follow these steps to create a safe, secure apartment that will always be your haven.

1. Request new locks:

You just got your keys to your first apartment, but you should double-check the locks are new, too. Most apartment complexes automatically change the locks as a safety precaution. Although it is unlikely the previous owner randomly returns, you don’t want to take any chances with your security.

2. Add interior security cameras or alarms:

Security cameras and alarms aren’t just for houses. This is your home. If someone were to get past your locks, you need a backup system to deter thieves. A little sticker in the window clearly visible to intruders will make them double think if it’s worth it.

3. Get a roommate:

The key word is “alone.” Sharing an apartment with a roommate immediately increases your safety. Rapists in particular are looking to victimize one person, not two. The more people, the more complicated, and he will just stalk away. If you are dead set on making it on your own, consider stopping by your local shelter and adopt a dog. The pet deposit is a small price to pay for a four-legged security guard.

4. Take a self-defense class:

In the end, if your apartment is invaded, so are you. Whether it is robber or rapist, if you are home when the unthinkable happens, you should know how to keep yourself from becoming a statistic on the news. Take a self-defense class at a local gym or just search for one online. Many local YMCA’s offer such classes at low costs. It’s a great way to meet other proactive women. Group encouragement and strategic tactical advantages will truly give you true peace that only self-awareness can bring.

Follow these steps to a safe and happy new home.

Congratulations on your new independent life!