But according to the U.S. Department of Justice, when seniors do find themselves on the business end of a crime, the chance that the crime in question will occur in or near their homes is a jaw-dropping 92 percent.
If you’re a senior – or there’s a senior in your life – the Holicong Security team would like you to consider these five tips for home security for seniors.
DON’T SKIMP ON QUALITY LOCKS
Any safety expert worth their salt will tell you that high-quality locks for doors and windows are the most important weapon in the home safety arsenal. And while everyone knows that a home’s front door should be outfitted with quality looks, many of us don’t put as much thought into the locks that guard our other doors and windows.
Remember: Criminals can crawl into bathroom and bedroom windows just as easily as they can break into a flimsy back door. Take care to do your homework before you purchase locks and have them installed. Also, check them every few months to make sure they’re in good working order.
BE FASTIDIOUS WITH YOUR KEYS
It should go without saying that just about everyone—bad guys included—is familiar with the ol’ house-key-under-the-doormat trick. Or, for that matter, the key-in-the-mailbox trick, or under a fake rock, or in the soil of a plant on the front walk. No matter how clever your hiding spot, spare keys should never be left where criminals can find them.
Of course, everyone locks themselves out of the house from time to time. That’s why you should choose a few trustworthy friends, neighbors, or family members with whom to exchange keys. You offer to hold onto a spare set of their keys in case of emergency, and they do the same for you. That’s much safer than leaving your home key “hidden” somewhere in the front yard.
FRONT-DOOR PEEPHOLES ARE A MUST
A peephole can be a surprisingly effective device when it comes to providing home security for seniors. It allows you to see who is at your door and ask for identification before letting them in. Having a chain lock on your front door is a good idea for the same reason.
And if it isn’t possible to install a peephole in your front door? Most security experts will suggest replacing any glass sections on your door with safety glass that can’t be broken.
EVEN TECHNOPHOBIC SENIORS SHOULD HAVE EMERGENCY CELL PHONES
We understand that some seniors simply aren’t comfortable with the modern-day technology. But even seniors who prefer landline phones to cell phones should still have at least one mobile phone in the house for emergencies. It needn’t be a smartphone; inexpensive flip phones are fine.
And because landline phones can sometimes be more reliable than cell phones, security and safety experts also recommend having a cordless landline phone in the home as well. In the case of a home invasion, for instance, a home owner can use a cordless phone to call for help from a safe place. If the home’s only emergency cellphone isn’t charged at the time of the break-in, they’ll be out of luck.
ALONG WITH AN ALARM SYSTEM, CONSIDER INSTALLING A MONITORING DEVICE
Assuming the senior in your life can afford it, having a home security alarm system installed is always a good idea, even if for no other reason than peace of mind. Alarm systems that automatically alert police and fire units have been responsible for saving countless lives, and if that isn’t a device that’s worth its weight in gold, well, we don’t know what is.
Potentially just as important are monitoring devices that can detect perils such as carbon monoxide. In fact, a number of manufacturers now offer all-in-one devices that act not only as alarm systems, but that also warn residents of high carbon monoxide levels, and alert EMTs or fire departments of medical emergencies.
If you’d like to learn more about the various residential security solutions offered by the team at Holicong Security, where for over 60 years we’ve been providing peace of mind for families throughout Bucks County, Montgomery County, and the surrounding areas, reach out to us today.
We also invite you to take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions sections of our website, or to peruse some of our online case studies. Whether it’s a beloved senior whose home you’d like to make more secure, or for that matter, a business location or even a home of your own, we can almost guarantee we’ve got a solution that will take away your anxiety. We look forward to meeting you.