Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

It is easy for se­niors to be­lieve they are at high risk of be­ing vic­tims of crime when they see news of el­derly peo­ple be­com­ing vic­tims of it. But se­niors are the safest mem­bers of our com­mu­nity be­cause they are more fre­quently at home dur­ing the day, which makes them less likely to be a vic­tim of day­time bur­glary. Bur­glars will knock on the door first to make sure no one is home. Night-time bur­glars will sneak around homes at night check­ing for un­locked doors and win­dows. It is well known se­niors are more se­cu­rity con­scious than most and will lock their doors and win­dows at night. Make sure the house is also locked while gar­den­ing out­doors. Lights should not be left on at night, and it is best to use a timer so the lights go on and off at dif­fer­ent times. A dog is a great way to de­ter of­fend­ers as the bark­ing alerts peo­ple about loi­ter­ing near the house. If you're home alone and con­cerned about some­one knock­ing on the door, do not open it. You can tell them through the locked door to come back later as your part­ner is un­well in bed. Ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity, but es­pe­cially the el­derly, should keep a phone, door key, whis­tle and a torch next to the bed.

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