Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The elderly are often more prone to burglary as they can been seen as more vulnerable.  It is important that the elderly are aware of safety and security measures that can give them extra protection. Here are a few tips to help us all stay safe in our homes and protect us from burglary.

  • Get to know your neighbours and encourage regular visits from family and friends so you have a constant presence of people around you. It is important for neighbours to look out for each other and it is also a good idea to join your neighbourhood watch team.
  • Always lock doors and windows to prevent unwanted intruders – even when at home.
  • Fit a door chain and viewer to make answering the door safer.
  • Don’t let strangers into your home. Only answer the door to people you know, and be wary of unexpected visitors.
  • Never let a cold caller into your home, never give out your personal details (in person or over the phone) and always check for ID. If someone acts suspicious when you ask them for ID, Shut the door.
  • Don’t keep large amounts of money in your home. You should also never keep your cheque book, card and pin together.
  • Fit good exterior lights which light up the front and back of the house. This gets unwanted people off your property and can protect you against night-time vandalism and theft.