Take Care Of Your Home And Yourself When Ridesharing
October 10th, 2019
Technology has made our world easier than ever to navigate. Smartphones can be used for everything from navigating traffic to finding a ride to get us where we’re going. By logging into an app on your smartphone, you can have a car waiting within minutes to whisk you away. Though this is a convenient service for many people, it’s not without its drawbacks.
Driving a car comes with safety risks, but sharing your home address with a stranger comes with a few risks of its own. Most ride-sharing companies like Uber have increased their safety measures, but everyone should take their own precautions to stay safe. Here are a few ways to protect your home and yourself when ridesharing.
Use Home Security Equipment
When a driver picks you up at home, they know that your home will be unattended once they drop you off. Those with nefarious purpose in mind can simply head back to your house and break-in. Protect your home from people with criminal intentions by installing home security equipment such as;
- Sensors on doors and windows that alert you when opened.
- Doorbell cameras that alert you (and let you see) when someone is at the front door.
- Image sensors that capture movement and provide visual verification of trouble.
- Monitored alarm system triggers that alert both you and the monitoring center.
- Outdoor video surveillance that lets you keep an eye on your home from anywhere.
- Smart garage door openers that let you take control with your smartphone.
- Smart lights that can make it look as though someone is home, even when the house is empty.
Don’t Give Them Time To Make A Plan
Your driver might arrive at your home early to get a good look at the doors, garage, landscape, and windows. Reduce the amount of time they have to scope out the area. Be ready to go before they get there, and wait for them in the driveway. Secure all entrances before they arrive, pull the shades, and decrease visible access to your home. The less they know and see, the better.
Increase Your Personal Safety
Remember to take personal safety precautions in addition to your home security. Most ridesharing apps will let you know the make, model, and color of the car that’s picking you up. You’ll also get the license plate number and a driver rating. Be sure you check all of these for a match on the car that arrives to get you.
Share your location with a friend to ensure that someone knows exactly where you are in case you are taken to a location against your will. Some rideshare apps provide this feature. Ridesharing can be convenient, but be aware of stranger danger. Use these tips to reduce your risks.
If you need any help with home security, contact C4 Security. We can get you set up with a system that will give you peace of mind whether you’re at home or away. Give us a call today.