Senior citizens may be considered more vulnerable to burglary for a number of reasons. They might forget to lock their doors properly, or an intruder might see them as a target simply because they are older and weaker. Seniors often have a loss of physical and cognitive function as they age, and they may not be familiar with all the latest security measures. It’s important for seniors who live alone to be just as diligent about security. Fortunately, there are a few ways to minimise their vulnerability at home.
Instil Good Safety Habits
Make sure you always visibly lock your door when you go in and out of your house. Thieves often watch the homes they target and if they notice good habits like this, they might be less inclined to attempt a break in.
Other steps to consider include always looking through the peephole before answering the door. It’s a good idea to have a phone within reach in case of an emergency. Never hide a spare key anywhere that a thief might be able to find it. Instead, give a key to a trusted neighbour or family member.
Reinforce Your Doors and Windows
For added peace of mind, make sure to add an extra barrier to the openings in your home. This can take many forms. You can install deadlocks or window pin locks to make it harder for a thief to force open a door or window. You can also look into getting tempered glass windows or plexiglass; their extra strength will hold up better against attempted break-ins.
You also have the option of installing security doors or window screens, from see-through doors like Invisi-Gard or Alu-Gard to pattern grilles and diamond grilles. These doors and screens will give you the added benefit of a strong visual and physical barrier between your home and the intruder.
Invest in Home Security
For truly comprehensive security, you should really invest in a home security alarm system. Not only does this prevent against thieves by setting off a very loud alarm, it is also very useful in the case of medical or fire emergencies because the alarm will alert the authorities that there is something amiss at your home.
Another good idea would be to install sensor lighting to prevent intruders and even vandalism. Outdoor lights will turn on when they sense someone close by or near the door, so you’ll know about it before they reach your home.