3 Home Security Ideas To Share With Elderly Parents
The elderly are often at a greater risk of burglary than younger people. The key reason is that many burglars are simple opportunists and see the elderly as easier targets. Seniors are more likely to live alone, are often less aware of potential threats and are more prone to making simple security mistakes like forgetting to close a window or lock a door. If you have aging parents or grandparents take a look at these easily actionable ideas for improving the security of your loved one’s home and valuables.
1. Front door assessment
Front doors are the main entrance and exit points for residents, unfortunately, they are also the preferred entry point for intruders. While you don’t need to fit all the following, ensuring your door is fitted with at least two of these extra features will greatly improve your front door security. Does your door have an auto-locking tumbler fitted? While it is inconvenient at times and will likely increase the likelihood of lockouts. An auto-locking tumbler which locks when you close the door guarantees your door will be locked Does your front door has a safety chain? Safety chains allow you to see what is on the other side of the door before fully opening it, they also allow smaller items like mail and parcels to pass through without opening the door completely. Does your front door have a peep-hole? Peepholes are easily fitted and allow you some view of who is on the other side before opening the door. Does your door have a safety screen? Safety screens let you totally see everything on the other side of the door before you decide to open the main door
2. Install a home alarm system with a panic button
Professional home alarm systems are the corner-stone of solid home security. One problem often facing the elderly is an aversion to numerical passwords, this can easily be solved by organizing key ring beepers, alarm installers offer these as inexpensive additions to house alarm systems. They work just like a standard car alarm with simple one-button activation and deactivation. A Panic button is another home alarm system add-on which is highly recommended for the elderly by security experts. They are best-installed bedside and in well-frequented areas such as the lounge or kitchen, they work by activating the alarm system sirens and are ideally connected to a paid 24-hour alarm monitoring service for quick action in case of an emergency.
3. Watch out for signs of distraction burglary setups
Distraction burglaries are becoming more commonplace and notoriously target the elderly. Unscrupulous thieves take advantage of the often helpful natures of seniors. These burglaries work exactly as they sound, burglars work in two’s one creates the distraction, while another sneak inside the home to perform the daylight robbery, quickly picking up valuable and easy to carry items such as handbags, wallets or jewellery. Some common distractions to watch out for.
Many of us worry ourselves sick about our elderly parents, sadly when it comes to home security they are statistically at a higher risk than ourselves for burglaries and home invasions. Help your elderly parents improve their personal safety by better securing their home and improving their awareness about common burglary setups.