Perth seniors ‘safest’
PERTH seniors who believe they are more likely to be a victim of crime are worrying unnecessarily, according to South Metropolitan community engagement coordinator Paul Trimble.
Sergeant Trimble visited the Cockburn Seniors Centre in Spearwood last week to let people know they are actually 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 than most and lock their doors and windows each night, they are at a lower risk of being a victim of burglary.”
Sgt Trimble said burglars took a different approach during the day, often knocking on the front door to make sure no one was home.
He said because seniors were at home more during the day, they were 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 was 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.
South Metropolitan community engagement co-ordinator Paul Trimble with (from left) Fran Sillitto, Noleen Jesser and Meg Spencer.