Home Security for Senior Citizens
Whether you're looking to retire to a small house in the country or a convenient condo in a senior community, as a senior citizen, it's important to take home security seriously. From elderly abuse and neglect to home invasions and burglaries, the increase in elderly home crime is the subject of many of today's local and national news headlines.
Such a case can be seen in a recent home invasion involving a 79-year-old woman in Gallia County, Ohio. According to the WSAZ news report, a man knocked at the elderly victim's door in the late evening hours. When she answered, he claimed he had ran out of gas and asked to use her phone. Out of kindness, the woman opened the door. The man then pushed his way inside and began demanding her money and jewelry. Before fleeing the scene, the man forced the woman's diamond rings off her fingers.
Home Security Tips for Senior Citizens
Considering that the U.S. population is only growing older, it is important for senior citizens to learn how to protect themselves. While I can't address every home security precaution in this article, the following are those that rank highest on my list.
- Keep your doors and windows securely locked at ALL times. While this may sound extreme, if you read through the home crime reports that involve the elderly, you will notice that most of the intruders gained entry into their victims' homes through unlocked doors or windows. Keeping your doors and windows locked when you are home is just as important as when you leave. This is especially true if you live in city with high crime rates.
- Beef up the security of your home's doors and windows. Even when your front door is locked with a deadbolt, intruders can muscle their way through it with a few kicks or body slams. To protect yourself, have a heavy duty security door brace installed on your front door. To protect vulnerable windows, have glass security film installed on the interior side of all at-risk window panes, including those in or around the doors of your home.
- Be alert of your surroundings as you enter and exit your home. Always be on the lookout for suspicious people and activity around the perimeter of your property. This means looking around as you walk to and from your car, check the mail, take the dog for a walk, etc. If something looks or feels suspicious, retreat to your home, lock the door, and call the police.
- Never answer the door to a stranger. If you don't know or can't see the person knocking at your door, do not open it. Safety should be your number one priority, not politeness. You have nothing to lose by ignoring them or asking them to go away. If they persist, call the police. An excellent home security device to have for these situations is a wireless surveillance system with a portable LCD monitor. In addition to serving as an early warning device, you can see who's at your door from any room in your home.
Never Assume Elderly Home Crime Won't Happen to You
As someone who has spoken with countless elderly home crime victims, I can tell you that you don't want to wait for one of these frightening crimes to happen to you before taking home security seriously. To protect yourself, make home security more than a priority—make it a way of life.
Jordan Frankel - The Security Sensei
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