Home Security Suggestions For Senior Citizens

May 6, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Home Security

A shocking wave of crimes committed against senior citizens in their homes has prompted dozens of state Governments across the United States to issue home security "checkslists" to these vulnerable citizens. In the past several years there have been many headlines about telephone and mail scams aimed at or committed against the senior population, but a surprising number of home invasion burglaries, some resulting in violence, have been occurring within the past few years.

Many senior citizens are being reminded about locking their doors and windows, and replacing old or worn out locks with secure deadbolt sets. They are also being reminded that traditional hiding places for their spare keys will generally be well-known by professional thieves and burglars and that they should give a key key to a trusted friend or family member, rather than hide one outside of their home. They are also being reminded that it is not a safe decision to label their house keys with their address, in case they should lose their keys and have them end up in the wrong hands. Another recommendation made to senior homeowners is to be sure that their house numbers, and all entrances, exits and walkways around their homes are well-lit.

Many of the senior citizen home security checks are also encouraging residents to have a young male friend or relation to make the recording on their telephone answering machines as this would not give an accurate indication of the age of the resident living in the home.

A key to home security for senior citizens is to never open their door to a stranger, whether the person is wearing a uniform or indicating that they are from an agency such as a utility provider or public authority. Many home invasions occurred by using this ploy to gain access to a senior citizen's home. Senior's are reminded that they have every right to request identification and to even phone a company for verification if they are concerned about the appearance of a stranger at their front door.

Another suggestion that many agencies have made to senior citizens is the installation of an electronic home security system. Some of these systems will monitor the security of the home, register if smoke, fire or carbon monoxide is present, and offer health or medical security. Many home security systems come with an emergency pendant that a senior can wear around their neck if they are in the yard or away from the home, and others have a speakerphone technology that would allow instant and clear communications between the senior homeowner and the security company. Home security systems with medical assistance are being installed in an intensive number of homes, allowing senior citizens to remain independent and secure within their own homes for a very long time.

Many people read headlines about senior victims with a sense of shock and frustration, but we can offer a great deal of guidance and protection to our senior population by seeing that our senior friends and neighbors take some basic home security precautions.

Source by Bruce Kelly