HOME SECURITY A LESSON FOR ALL AGES - Sergeant Paul Trimble
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.