If you live alone and are worried about your safety, there are many things you can do to protect yourself. Below are two of these things so you can feel much safer while inside and outside of your home.
Take an HQL Class
One way you can protect yourself is by taking an HQL (Handgun Qualification) class in your area. When you take an HQL class, you will get a certificate that shows you had training in using a firearm. The class includes instruction in a classroom setting. This class will include how to use a firearm properly, types of ammunition you can use, and targets you practice shooting at. The class offers eye and ear protection you need to use while firing a gun.
You may not be allowed to bring your own gun to the class or any types of ammunition. The class instructor will teach you firearm laws for your state, as well as safety training when it comes to using a firearm. The HQL class instructor will give you the paperwork that you need to submit to your state showing that you took the class and are certified to carry a gun.
Having a firearm with you will allow you to carry it for protection no matter where you are.
Install a Security System
Along with having your own gun for protection, you should also install a security system. There are different types to choose from. Choosing a security system that connects to a security company is your best bet. This way if your alarm goes off, this company will notify the proper authorities immediately.
Along with a security system install security cameras outside your home. You can then install a security camera inside. This will allow you to see who is knocking on your door or if there is someone lurking outside that you do not know.
Install a smart doorbell on your door. This can make an intruder think someone is at home even if you are not. They are considered smart doorbells as they have live video streaming and you can install apps on your smartphone that gives you live viewing of your front door area. You can then use the app to speak through the doorbell to someone even though you are not home. Being able to see who is knocking on your door no matter where you are in your home works great as you will know whether you should open the door or not.
There are many other ways you can protect yourself, such as getting a guard dog, taking karate lessons, and carrying pepper spray with you.