Perth se­niors ‘safest’

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d475951

South Metropoli­tan com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Paul Trim­ble with (from left) Fran Sil­litto, Noleen Jesser and Meg Spencer.

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