Security and Seniors
If you read the newspaper or watch the daily news, you are probably aware that crime has risen a lot in the last 10 years in suburban, rural, and urban areas. It is unnerving to read or hear about the people in today’s society who commit horrid crimes especially for seniors who are seen as vulnerable and defenseless. Fortunately, there are steps that seniors can take to increase home security and to protect themselves.
- The first step is to become familiar with your surroundings and the people who live near you. Get to know your neighbors. By making these efforts, your neighbors will know who are and can look out for you.
- Seniors can exercise precautions when it comes to allowing strangers into their homes. If you have a sales rep at your door for instance, get their name and company so you can call them and legitimize it. Do not for any reason let a stranger into your house until you have safely identified who they are and reasoning for being there.
- When it comes to getting housework done, do your research. Look up companies for a positive BBB score, talk to the company, and previous clients. It doesn’t hurt to meet with the company manager to ensure that you feel safe working with the company.
- Other ways to ensure your safety and property come with costs but should be considered. As the saying goes, you cannot put a price on safety that works to protect you and things/people who you treasure. With the many options for home alarms, the most inexpensive route is usually the long-term choice. Another option is to get a guard dog or at least put up a “Beware of Dog” sign.
- To put loved ones and your mind at ease, a great option is get invest in a panic alarm. While home alarms can deter or detect burglars, the panic alarm has a direct line to local police station. The cost of panic alarms can range anywhere from $300 to $700 and usually has a monthly fee to keep up the connection. One can be installed in your house or even every room.
While security is a big issue for seniors, taking these steps can lead to a more peaceful retirement for you and your family.
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