Unfortunately, the elderly are often targeted by burglars and con artists because they think older people are easier targets. However, you don't have to feel vulnerable in your own home. It's a good idea to assess your home security at least once a year to ensure you're as protected as possible from intruders and unwanted doorstep solicitation. Your local police station can let you know what the crime statistics are like in your area, which will help you decide if your alarm system would benefit from an upgrade or whether you should be especially vigilant and wary of strangers knocking on your door. When assessing your home security, consider these two options that can be particularly beneficial for senior citizens:
Security Screen Doors
Security screen doors make it more difficult for intruders to gain entry to your home as they have an extra door to get through, and these strong metal doors are not easy to break through. So, if you have mobility problems that prevent you being able to bend down or reach up to operate several locks on your front or back doors, a security screen door will give you the benefit of an extra lock without the daily struggle of securing several locks. Additionally, the metal bar construction enables you to keep your main door open during warm weather to allow air to circulate through your home without reducing your security. Security screen doors also help those with poor dexterity to feel safe. If you're unable to operate a security door chain, you can open your door fully and still have a layer of protection between you and whoever is at the other side of the door.
A Monitored Personal Alarm
What would you do if you realised someone was in your home and you couldn't get to a phone due to injury, mobility issues or your location your home? A monitored personal alarm can be kept with you at all times, as they can be worn around your neck or clipped to your waistband. They provided better security than a standard personal alarm, which often goes unheard by anyone. A monitored personal alarm is linked to your chosen security company, and they will be alerted the instant you activate the alarm. This gives you the peace of mind that someone will be on their way to your home to check on you no matter the time of day.
If you're bedbound, have mobility issues or are prone to leaving your mobile in another room, consider increasing your home and personal security with these two security products. Additionally, both your local police station and GP can put you in touch with not-for-profit organisations that can assess your current level of home security and make recommendations to improve your safety.