Senior citizens are considered more vulnerable to burglary for a variety of reasons. For instance, they might forget to lock their doors properly, or an intruder may see them as an easy target because they are older and therefore weaker.
Senior members of our community often have a loss of physical and cognitive functions as they age, and are often not familiar with all the latest security measures. It’s important for senior citizens who live alone to be diligent about security.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to that you can help the senior members of your family minimise their vulnerability at home.
Establish Good Safety Habits
Make sure they get in the habit of always visibly locking their doors when they go in and out of the house. Intruders will often watch the homes they plan to target and if they observe good habits like this, they are often less inclined to attempt to break in.
Other habits to consider include always looking through a peephole or window before answering the door. And it’s a good idea to have a phone within reaching distance in case of an emergency. We recommend never hiding a spare key anywhere that a unwanted guest might be able to find it. Rather, give a key to a trusted neighbour or family member.
Reinforce Doors and Windows
For added security, make sure to add an extra barrier to the openings of your home. This can take many forms such as installing deadlocks or window pin locks to make it harder for thieves to force a door or window open. Or look into getting tempered glass windows or plexiglass – their extra strength has been proven to hold up better against attempted break-ins.
Invest in Home Security Systems
For comprehensive home security, it’s worth investing in a home security system. Not only does this prevent against thieves by sounding off a high pitched alarm, it’s also very useful in the case of medical or other emergencies as the alarm alerts neighbours and the authorities that there is something amiss in your home.
Another good idea would be to install sensor lighting to the front and back corner points of your home to prevent intruders and even vandalism. Outdoor sensor lights turn on when they sense someone close by or near the door, so you’ll know about it before they reach your home.
For more information on how to stay safe as a senior or to learn more about security doors and other products, our team of professionals are committed to helping you and your family stay safe in your home. Call us today on 03 5911 5054.