I travel frequently, and my girlfriend has an (admittedly) somewhat-irrational fear of someone breaking into our apartment when she's home alone, asleep. What can we do to make her feel more comfortable when she's home alone?
Googling things like "home security" or "security alarm" unloads a wrath of bad links filled with questionable, expensive hardware. Are there some decent, quick, effective home alarm systems that can be easily installed by a non-professional?
We live in a loft-style apartment with a front door, back door that leads out onto a deck, and one large window overlooking the deck. Other than that, the floor plan is completely open. Ideally, I'd like to secure both the window and back door that leads to the deck. And by "secure," I mean both physically -- making it tougher to breach -- and audibly, so that it can be immediately obvious if someone tries to break in.
Finally, are there any other products or systems or philosophies that we could use to make her feel more secure? We've read books like Strong on Defense
, but simply having a better of idea of what
to do if it happens doesn't alleviate her fear of it actually happening. It doesn't give her peace of mind.
The reason I said "somewhat-irrational" is because she knows if someone is going to break in, they're going to break in, and no amount of security alarms or baseball bats is going to keep that from happening. She knows this, but still occasionally has a hard time getting to bed at night.
A big, scary dog would be nice, but not what we're looking for at the moment.