Police assure seniors
‘YOU ARE SAFEST IN COMMUNITY’
PERTH seniors who believe they are more likely to be a victim of crime are worrying unnecessarily, according to South Metropolitan community engagement co-ordinator Paul Trimble.
Sergeant Trimble visited Cockburn Seniors Centre in Spearwood this week to let people know they are the “safest in our community”.
“Night-time burglaries on residential homes mostly occur through unlocked doors and windows,” he said.
“Thieves will check homes in a street to look for one that is left insecure.
“As seniors are more security conscious and lock their doors and windows each night, they are at a lower risk of being a victim of burglary.”
Sgt Trimble said burglars take a different approach during the day, often knocking on the front door to make sure no one is home.
He said because seniors are at home more during the day, they are less likely to have their home broken into.
“It’s important to call out telling them through the locked door to come back later as your partner is unwell in bed, but don’t keep quiet or they will think the home is empty and proceed to break in,” Sgt Trimble said.
Sgt Trimble said dogs and alarms were great security measures, with noise alerting others that something is wrong.
He also recommended seniors keep a phone, door key and a torch next to their bed.
“This will most likely never have to be used but it makes you feel safer, giving you a sense of control if something was to occur,” he said.
Report suspicious activity to police on 131 444.
Sergeant Paul Trimble speaking with Fran Sillitto, Noleen Jesser and Meg Spencer.