Perhaps you were already hesitant to open this article because you shiver at the thought of befriending your neighbors. You like your space. You don’t want to get dragged into some small talk of pleasantries in the driveway, every time you’re racing off to a meeting. You don’t want to know the neighbor who plays jazz music and sings to herself, quite loudly, every Sunday morning. You like your boundaries. But, if you’re a woman who lives alone, you can’t afford to not know your neighbors—for many reasons. That’s not to say that those with roommates or a live-in partner are off the hook for getting to know their neighbors. We could all benefit from having a more tight-knit community. However, women living alone especially need that support and that safety net. If you’re a woman who lives alone, here are good reasons to befriend your neighbors.
They’ll know your usual visitors
If you introduce your neighbors to your regular visitors—like a boyfriend, sibling, or best friend—then they’ll know who isn’t a regular visitor. So if a suspicious character is snooping around your doorstep and claims to be your boyfriend, they’ll know that isn’t true—they’ve met your boyfriend. They can call the cops and alert you.