Home Security Tips for the Elderly
May 21, 2014
We all see the frequent news reports about how some elderly struggle to live on their own, particularly during extreme weather conditions. But one of the biggest concerns for family members of the elderly living on their own is security. No matter how independent they are, there is always the risk that people will target them because they are easier take advantage of.
As with any scam that catches people out, vigilance can help play a big part in reducing the amount of crimes involving the elderly. So we’ve listed some top tips which will help deter thieves and potential doorstop scammers from targeting residents and to limit the impact if you, as an elderly resident living on your own are targeted.
1. Never keep large sums of money in the house, whether it’s in a draw or under your mattress. If your house is burgled, thieves are more likely to ransack draws and bedrooms in order to look for any cash left unsecure.
2. Make sure you don’t let strangers in your home. If you don’t recognise them or you weren’t expecting them, do not open the door. The chances are they are just cold-calling salesman or have a genuine reason for visiting but the general rule of thumb should be to not open the door.
3. Don’t give out credit card details to anyone on the doorstep or over the phone. If they claim to be calling from the bank or from a financial organisation, you will know it’s fraudulent as they would never ask for money over the phone or at the front door.
4. Keep curtains or blinds drawn in the evenings and consider using a thin curtain to hang behind the thick curtains so as to give some security from people looking, outside-in.
5. Check with the council in case you are entitled to additional security improvements to your home.
6. Get a friend or family member to check exterior lighting is working and that the garden area and front porch areas are well-lit. Also, you can always call the council if local lighting is not working as well.
7. For added security, get deadbolts fixed to the front and rear doors to help prevent door break-ins.
8. Panic Alarms are usually advisory as standard for elderly living alone but if you don’t have one, you should consider buying one as they offer peace of mind and that little bit of extra comfort if the worst should happen.