Staying Safe From the Ground Up
January 9, 2013 2:53 PM Subscribe
Recently, my roommate and I thought someone was breaking into our house. We were actually quite terrified since we heard someone testing the doorknob for a while and heard a loud pounding knock on the door late at night. While we can't fully confirm what happened, we know for sure that both of us and the roommates upstairs heard someone knocking very loudly late at night. I realize that if someone wants to break into a house, then they will. But, what can I do to feel
posted by livinglearning to Human Relations (50 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
A few other pieces of information:
-Our windows are easy to break into because they're not high up from the ground. I've never lived in a place with windows that are very close to the ground so I'm quite shaken up about our living situation, especially after the scare.
-I live in a relatively safe neighbourhood, but our residential court is quite secluded. Our house is also hidden by several trees and bushes so you can't really see the house that well regardless of the time of day.
-There's a hole in the back of our fence, the fence is approximately 20 steps away from our windows. Our windows are not high up from the ground so I'm worried about someone being able to easily access our area, especially since there's an apartment complex right behind our house. There's also a main street that's quite close to the back part of our house.
-I asked the maintenance guy about what I could do from a practical perspective and he said not much since putting bars on windows is illegal.
With all of this being said, what can I do to feel safer? I'll be living in this place for 8 more months. Any advice is greatly appreciated.