Home Security for Older People

Here are some useful tips and guidelines to improve the safety and security of older people living at home.

Callers at your door can be genuine or not. Always err on the side of caution:

  • Keep front and back doors locked even when you are in your home.
  • Look through a spy hole if you have one or a window to see if you can identify the caller.
  • If you do not recognise the caller always keep your chain on when you open the door and keep it on whilst you talk to the person and check their identity.
  • If you wish to verify further their identity, close the door while you make the phone call. If there is no phone number on the ID card, ring a Directory Enquiries service for a number.

Further safe guidelines to follow:

  • Do not keep large sums of money in your home.
  • Never keep your cheque book and cheque card in the same place.
  • Small safes are not expensive and can be a secure option for some of your valuables.
  • Mark property and take photographs of your valuables .e.g. jewellery, paintings, etc.
  • Shred any documents which have personal details, shredders can be purchased from supermarkets or online quite cheaply.
  • Keep the numbers of your local Neighbourhood Watch, local police station, Trading Standards, etc near the telephone.

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