A vast majority of seniors list fear of crime as being one of their biggest concerns. Statistics indicate that seniors are right to be concerned. News reports of seniors victimized in their own homes are becoming more and more prevalent. So, what are some things that can be done to ensure home security for seniors?
Install Security Lighting
Security lighting is a safe bet, as it discourages criminals from targeting your home in the evening hours. Additionally, since many seniors have some difficulty hearing, security lighting can serve as an early alert if vandals approach your property, allowing you valuable time to protect yourself from harm.
Keep Doors Locked
Since many seniors grew up in a time when it was unnecessary to lock their doors at all times, it is sometimes hard to remember to do so. If this is the case for you, perhaps you can make a small sign for the inside of your door to remind you to lock up, at least until it is a habit to do so.
Install a Peephole or Intercom
Being able to see who is on the other side without having to open the door will allow you to make good decisions about when it is safe to open your doors.
Schedule Activity Outside
Many criminals find likely targets by observing the general goings-on of a household. Make sure that you are receiving family and friends regularly. A household busy with foot traffic is a deterrent to a criminal looking for an easy mark.
Keep Your Phone Handy
If you have a cordless phone, take it with you as you move about in your home. It is especially wise to have it handy when answering the door to strangers.
Directly Deposit Checks to Your Bank
Criminals are well aware of when social security checks and pension checks are mailed. Having your money sent directly to your bank prevents the possibility that the checks will be stolen from your mailbox.
Purchase an Emergency Response System
If you have health issues which may cause things such as dizziness or a sudden drop in blood sugar, having an alarm which can be easily worn as a pendant or belt clip can give you peace of mind, knowing that help is literally right at your fingertips in the event of a medical emergency.
Consider a Home Alarm System
For those who travel a lot or spend time away from home due to frequent hospitalizations, a home alarm system can be of great aid in securing your property while you are away. It is wise to research all your options in this regard, as alarm systems vary widely in what they offer and how they work.
If you decide to purchase an alarm system, it is important to deal with a reputable company. Here are some general things to consider when evaluating your alarm system needs:
Check with your local Better Business Bureau and county government to see if the company you are considering has a solid reputation.
Call your insurance agent. Sometimes, using certain alarm companies may entitle you to discounts on homeowners insurance.
Ask for a complete explanation of all included features of your alarm system. Do not be pressured to make a choice right away. A reputable company will understand that you need to comparison shop and think about which system will be the best for you.
Get references from family and friends who already have alarm systems. If they are satisfied with the service provided and the cost of those services, it is likely that they are dealing with a reputable company.
With planning and forethought, you can make your home a safe haven from criminal activity.Caring Senior Service will be glad to help you make the best choices to ensure safety and peace in your golden years. For more information on how to keep your home safe for seniors, review our Home Safety Assessment. You can access our complete resource library by finding your local Caring office.