Home security advice for the elderly
The elderly are often more prone to burglary as they can be seen as being vulnerable. It’s believed that elderly people are less likely to deal appropriately with property crime, and that’s why criminals and scammers purposefully target them.
It’s important that the elderly are aware of safety and the security measures that can give them extra protection. Here are a few tips to help us all stay safe in our homes and protect us from burglary.
• Check with the housing department of your local council to see if you’re entitled to any help towards home security improvements.
• Get to know your neighbours and encourage regular visits from family and friends so you have a constant presence of people around you. It’s important for neighbours to look out for each other and it’s a good idea to join your Neighbourhood Watch team if there is one (if you’re not already a member).
• Always lock doors and windows to prevent unwanted intruders – even when at home.
• Fit a door chain and viewer to make answering your door safer.
• Don’t let strangers into your home. Only answer the door to people you know, and be wary of unexpected visitors.
• Never let a cold caller into your home, never give out your personal details (in person or over the phone) and always check for ID. If someone acts suspicious when you ask them for ID, shut the door.
• Don’t keep large amounts of money in your home. You should also never keep your cheque book and cheque card together or your PIN number with your credit or debit card.
• Fit good exterior lighting which lights up both the front and back of your house. This gets unwanted people off your property and can protect you against night-time vandalism and theft.
• A monitored alarm, such as those offered by ADT, is the perfect way to stay safe. This means you’re always connected to an outside party. When your alarm sounds, an alert signal is sent to a monitoring centre and help is summoned as soon as possible.