Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to Feel Safe & Secure While Your Sailor is Deployed

By Nanette
The Sailor's Woman
The Sailor's Woman
An unfortunate part of the Sailor experience is being left home alone.
For me, it's these long deployments that separate Navy spouses from all the rest.  I have a girlfriend who complains if her husband goes on a business trip that lasts five days.  Five days!  Try five months...or more.
We Navy partners are a pretty independent bunch.  We have to be.  We hold down jobs, raise kids and keep the home fires burning so our Sailors have something wonderful to come home to.
We overcome obstacles our civilian sisters (and brothers) just don't get.  Most of the time, I meet this adversity with grace, pluck and tenacity, but there are some challenges that are, well, challenging for me.
If you're not a big chicken like me, you can stop reading right now and go do whatever it is women who aren't afraid of things that go bump in the night do.
If you are like me and your Sailor is away right now, you're probably tired because you spent last night creeping around your basement wielding a Depression glass vase, the most threatening thing you could find, at 3:24 when you heard IT--a scary noise that might have come from inside the house.
So how do we keep ourselves safe (and sane) while our big, brave Sailors are deployed?
A secure house is a safe house.  Start outside.  Lock yard tools such as axes, hammers and shovels in a shed or garage.  These things can be used to break in and we don't want to make it any easier for burglars to come calling.  The same goes for ladders, which can give the more athletic criminal access to the second floor of your home.
Don't leave a spare key hidden outside your house.  That plant pot on the front porch or that flat rock next to the door?  You're not fooling anyone and it's the first place a professional burglar will check.  It's better to leave a spare key with a trustworthy neighbour.
The Sailor's Woman
Lock your doors when you're at home--even if you live in a nice neighbourhood.  Be extra safe and lock 'em when you're outside doing yard work or working on your tan.  Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity.  Reduce opportunities for unwanted visitors to get into your home. 
Don't count on the dog to keep your safe, even if he's a tough one.  Sure a dog, or even a "Beware of Dog" sign on your property, can be a deterrent to thieves.  However, someone who really wants access to your house might get past your furry friend by offering him food or even worse, poison.  The moral of the story:  don't let your guard down because you have a dog.
If you think there's been a break-in, GET OUT!  Don't investigate to see if anything's missing.  The last thing you want to do is corner a burglar who might still be "shopping" your house.  GET
OUT and call the police.

About Nanette
The Sailor's Woman
Hi, I’m Nanette. Like most women, I wear many hats. I’m a mom, a teacher, a Canadian Naval Officer’s wife, a blogger at The Sailor’s Woman and a novelist.

I have degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Moncton. I began writing as a child and I've published many short stories and essays.

In June my husband left for Afghanistan. Before going overseas he was out of the province for about six weeks training for his adventure. It’s been a long haul and it’s not over. Field lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
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