From time to time even the younger generation amongst us get scared of living on their own, or question the security around their property on cold long winter nights, so spare a thought for the elderly amongst us who are either living alone or living as couples. The older generation are vulnerable to attacks on their property, and thieves seem to think that because of their age they must be sitting on a gold mine of wealth which in most cases simply isn’t true.
If you are a senior citizen looking for a better night’s sleep by securing your home and everything inside it to the max, then keep reading as our aim with this post is to provide you with the best tips to keep safe and secure.
You will get callers to your door either trying to sell you things or to check services supplied to your house. Scam artists will target seniors because they think they can talk them around and make them believe they are from a certain company when in fact they aren’t. With technology increasing in leaps and bounds scamming has become a very skilled practice and it is often hard for the older generation to distinguish between what is a scam and what isn’t.
Next time you get a man drop in on your doorstep saying that he can save you money on your energy bills if you pay him X amount to switch the service over, ask for his ID and do some quick checks on him before you proceed any further.
If you have any doubts then call the police.
It may seem like such a paranoid thing to do but it’s not about being paranoid. You may live in the best neighborhood in the world with the best community spirit but it doesn’t stop outsiders from traveling through your town, and if they see something nice then they can walk straight into your house and take it. Plus, they are more likely to target the elderly as they won’t put up as much as a fight compared to the younger generations.
It’s more about being safe than sorry rather than being paranoid, so if you can always get into a routine of locking your door when you return home then do that. It will also give you peace of mind knowing that no one can get in until you unlock it from the inside.
If you did see someone suspicious hanging around your property or coming to the door to knock it, just keep your cell phone handy so that you can quickly punch in the number of your emergency services.
Most elderly people do get nervous at answering the door, mainly because they have no idea who is on the other side of it, and there purpose for calling in. What you need to do is get a peephole installed on the door you currently have or invest in a complete new door that has a peephole.
This will give you the chance to upgrade your door as well so you can benefit from modern deadbolt locking mechanisms and more sturdy structures in door manufacturing.
With a peephole you can easily look through the door to see who is calling in on you, and best of all they won’t be able to see you standing behind the door. This gives you a chance to weigh up the option on whether you want to answer the door or leave them hanging, and it also offers a chance for you to see if there is anything sinister going on…if there is you should have that cell phone from Tip 3 at hand to call the local police force.
One little tip that many people don’t know they can do is to actually contact the local police department to you and ask them to perform a home security survey on your property. They will be able to look at every aspect of your house from a police point of view and let you know what needs to be changed if anything.
The ideal thing about doing this is that police are always on the scene for break-ins so they know the minds of criminals, what they look for and how they can access properties. If you are unsure how secure your house is then its definitely worth approaching your local police department and enquiring about a visit to carry out a security survey on your home.
The biggest tip we can offer any senior person out there is to get an alarm fitted because this is the foundation to any home security system, whether it’s for medical emergencies, fires or break-ins. As most elderly people spend prolonged periods of time away from home it also acts as a stay-behind guide dog for the property and constantly monitors the house for you.
Anything out of hand and the alarms will go through to the local emergency services and prevent any thieves from gaining unauthorized access to your property.
As an additional security measurement you may also want to look at sensor lighting or motion lighting on your front door and out in your back garden. All this does is once something sets off the motion sensor a light will come on for a certain amount of time, enabling you to see what’s going on in what would otherwise be a dark view field. This will help you see if vandals or thieves are in the area and it will most likely put them off from making any attempt to access your house because of the trip lighting you have at the front and rear of the property.