Non-permenant home security system for apartment-dwellers

By on Oct 26th

Willie asks:

HOME SECURITY CAT

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I had one of those spooky nights last week — one where I had too many scary thoughts and every noise was a serial killer or a monster coming for me.

Irrational fears aside, it made me realize I haven't taken any security precautions in my flat. I've lived here for a while, but whatever I do still needs to be non-permanent.

What can I do to keep my mind calm and my body safe?

Apartments are weird, right? You're one cubby hole in a whole lot of cubby holes, but that doesn't make you any safer, does it? I mean, it might if you know ALL your neighbors and your building is like one big commune — which can happen — but that never happened in my rental experience.

Our first apartment was a duuump. Bad part of town, next to bad people, and I woke up to cops at the door more than once. I got peace of mind from a little stick-on door alarm like this one.

It also has wireless window alarms. Made me feel good to know it was set when I was there alone, and I felt better about leaving our apartment behind each morning.

What else should Willie know, Homies? What have you learned about keeping your rental safer?

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.