By Rachel Summer Small For Dailymail.Com
21:32 23 Jan 2024, updated 21:41 23 Jan 2024
- The woman ‘urgently’ attended to home security when her husband left town
- Her recommendations ranged from extra door locks to drawing ‘all’ the blinds
- Thousands took to the comments to snark at ‘overzealous’ security precautions
A woman has drawn mockery for the zealous ‘home security’ measures she claims to implement whenever her husband goes out of town.
The woman, known only as Victoria, has racked up more than 100,000 followers on TikTok by sharing woman-specific ‘security’ tips for various settings – from hotel rooms to cruise ships.
But earlier this month she was ridiculed for her clip titled ‘home security measures when you’re home alone.’
It began with Victoria kissing her husband goodbye before stating she ‘urgently’ needed to ‘take security measures at home while I’m alone.’
First and foremost, Victoria demonstrates an array of front-door-focused precautions.
‘Lock the front door,’ she continues via text overlay, adding: ‘I have a fingerprint lock’ – as she shows off how it works, pressing her finger to the outside doorknob.
Along with the fingerprint lock, she uses ‘a portable door lock,’ further mentioning that she ‘always’ has one with her. The device functions like a back up to the built-in lock mechanism on the inside of the door.
Next, she installs a ‘door-stop alarm’ – a wedge-shaped contraption triggered when someone pushes the door toward it – before securing the backyard and garage entrances with more portable door locks.
‘Make sure all the windows are closed,’ she offers as she locks the clasp of each sill.
Though its daytime, she then demonstrates how she closes ‘all the window blinds,’ plunging her home into darkness.
The content creator is not done there, however, as she suggests installing smart cameras ‘in all the main rooms’ – from her living room to foyer to bedroom.
The cameras from the brand she uses, Wyze, move around to track whatever motion it detects – which has received mixed reviews online.
After setting up the cameras around the house – including in her bedroom – Victoria then, for the second time, recommends drawing every last window shade.
‘Ensure that blinds are closed in all rooms to maintain privacy and prevent anyone from seeing inside the house,’ she urges.
She then demonstrates how to tuck herself into bed ensuring to ‘keep personal safety devices like whistles, flashlight, panic buttons or alarm readily accessible.’
The camera cuts to her clutching a flashlight in the darkness as she blows on the whistle.
The social media star then admits that she sleeps with ‘all of this under the pillow.’
The video concludes with the sign-off: ‘I hope my husband will come back soon, and I can relax a bit.’
Just one week after she posted the video, it had racked up nearly 20,000 comments – with nearly all of them roasting Victoria for her over-the-top home security recommendations.
‘She got John Wick after her… THE WHISTLE,’ read one top-voted comment.
‘I’m home alone everyone. Here’s a video showing you my security measures online for everyone to see,’ a second snidely remarked.
‘What on earth is that whistle going to do,’ a third pondered – with multiple other comments echoing that query.
‘My husband is out with the boys so I’ll build fort Knox,’ sneered another.
Still others floated fantastical scenarios that might warrant Victoria going all-out on her home security.
‘Is it the Purge season or what????’ someone wrote, in reference to the dystopian film franchise.
‘[She] lives in Gotham City,’ joked a second.
‘Is the CIA after you?’ quipped a third.
‘D**n fam… You expecting the Babadook, or something?’ a fourth speculated, dropping the name of the supernatural horror villain.
Another group more bluntly called out what they saw as ‘paranoid’ behaviors – serving more to keep a person in a constant, uneasy lockdown state in their own home, all in the name of trying to keep some unseen others locked out.
‘I’ve honestly never come across someone so paranoid and lessening their chances to survive a fire at the same time,’ one pointed out.
‘You just going to live in darkness and not leave the house until he’s home,’ a second stated in confusion.
‘Like being a prisoner in your own home,’ opined a third.
Meanwhile, a fourth extended the seeming genuine sentiment: ‘I’m sorry that you’re so afraid.’
Following the frantic backlash, Victoria responded to all the hate in a further video.
‘Every day I receive thousands of not very pleasant comments on my videos about safety and women’s protection.
‘I don’t share this with you, but I get really upset that I receive so much hate just for showing how I protect myself and my family in these videos.
‘I don’t show anything bad in my videos and this negative attention really hurts me. I’ve been close to quitting several times,’ she began.
However, she then shared a screengrab of an email from a woman who claimed that, while living in a ‘nice part of town’ in Las Vegas, four months ago she had an intruder ‘break in at 3am while I was showering.’
The email then described that, while the intruder was scared off and the woman was unharmed, she still has ‘nightmares almost every night’ – and proceeded to thank Victoria for the video.
‘Thank you for all the ideas that will help me feel safe and sleep better at night. People don’t understand that this is the reality for some women,’ the email added.
‘After reading it,’ Victoria continued, ‘I understood that everything I do is definitely not in vain. It’s support for women like them… All I want is for women’s to be safe and be therefore their loved one. Even if people call me crazy and paranoid, I will keep doing it for you.
‘And if you laugh at my videos and hate them, it only means one thing – you’re fortunate people who have never faced anything like this in life.
‘I wish that no one, regardless of gender, would ever experience such frightening situations.’