Since people are able to live longer, healthier lives, the chances of them living alone in their golden years is much higher. With living alone comes the need to ensure your security at home and being an elderly person can make you a greater target for a home invasion.
Home defense and security for seniors require different skills and knowledge than for a younger fitter person. While keeping yourself fit and healthy obviously improves your chances of survival if your home is ever invaded, being prepared with home security tips gives you even more confidence.
Here are some home security tips for seniors to keep yourself and your home safe if the worst happens.
- As you grow older the most important thing is confidence. To show fear gives any attacker the confidence that they can hurt you. Looking confident that you could defend yourself could make them think twice. Carrying yourself with confidence, looking straight ahead when walking, looking people in the eye and staying firm can all give you a persona of someone who is confident.
- This may seem simple, but remembering to always lock your doors is the first step in preventing a home invasion. You may live in a quiet, elderly community, but it is better to be safe than sorry. It’s an easy step in adding a layer of protection to your home.
- If you have spare keys, make sure you don’t keep them hidden outside under a doormat or flower-pot. Give them to the family or friends that you want to have access to your house. Leaving the keys unattended outside increases the likelihood that a burglar could enter your home easily
- Whenever you answer the door try to look out of a window or peephole. If you do not know the person or were not expecting someone, do not open the door. Try to talk to them through a window or door if necessary. If you don’t have a peephole, consider hiring someone to install one. They give you an extra layer of security by allowing you to see who is at your door without needing to unlock it and open the door to a stranger.
- Install floodlights or motion sensors if you live in your own home. Keeping your home well-lit will deter any potential burglar who wants to break in yet wants to stay covered in darkness. This can also alert you in the evening if there is someone walking around your property who should not be there.
- If you have a mobile phone, make sure you can call an emergency number if necessary. Not only would you need it in a medical emergency, but also if someone breaks into your home. Always keep the phone charged and near you at night or when answering the door.
- Some people are skilled in using a weapon to protect themselves. If you are able to defend yourself with a weapon, make sure to store it safely in a gun safe.
- Do not overload yourself when loading or emptying your car. Make more trips or use wheels of some kind so that you aren’t as vulnerable and can easily use your hands or arms to protect yourself. If your car is parked far away from your home, lock your door while you’re making trips back and forth. Because it can take an elderly person longer to get to and from their car, a thief could easily use this as an opportunity to sneak in.
With a little thought and using these tips you and any senior citizens you know should be able to keep safe in their home and its immediate surroundings.
This guest post was written by Lauren Ventosa. She owns and writes for CaveArmor.com. She loves helping others create a peaceful, secure home.