3 Ways to Protect Your Elderly Relatives with Home Security
Whether it’s properties or people, criminals are known to target vulnerabilities. Why? In short, it makes it easier to take what isn’t theirs. Unfortunately, elderly people are often in this category – and targeted by thieves as a result.
However, with comprehensive home security, you can reduce that vulnerability, deter criminals and protect elderly relatives or friends. Read on as we look at 3 home security measures to keep the elderly safe.
Why the elderly are vulnerable
It’s not just frailty that make elderly people vulnerable to crime. Typically, they also have consistent daily routines, so it’s easier for thieves to know when they are out or away from their property. Elderly people may also be socially isolated, meaning relatives or friends are less likely to be an issue for criminals.
Home security for elderly people
Fortunately, being vulnerable doesn’t have to mean you’re a target. There are a range of home security measures that will deter criminals from the property of elderly people…
First and foremost is an intruder alarm which works to deter criminals. Should anyone attempt a break in, the alarm will alert the surrounding area, the local authorities or both – depending on the system you have installed.
For elderly people, this helps tackle the problem of isolation, by immediately alerting other people to the break in.
While it may not spring to mind as a home security feature, home automation stops the homes of elderly residents looking vacant. Lights can be set to switch on and off at certain times, which combats the issue of criminals spotting consistent routines. Even if someone is always out of the house between 2pm-6pm, thieves will think twice when they see the lights changing.
Another deterrent to burglars is surveillance cameras. If people know they’re being filmed, they’re less likely to attempt a break-in. However, cameras are also useful to identify culprits should anyone commit a crime.
If you opt for live surveillance, it’s even possible for relatives and friends to monitor or check in on the property with live footage. This provides peace of mind for all parties.
Other security tips
Comprehensive residential security will stop the homes of elderly people appearing vulnerable to criminals. However, it’s still important to remember a few basic security tips:
- Keep all windows and doors locked whenever possible
- Never leave keys in ‘secret’ places when leaving the property
- Make sure your front door has a peephole – or even a camera – so you can see who is knocking before you answer
- Don’t leave valuables in view, such as windowsills or coffee tables
Tailored residential security
If you’re looking to deter thieves from your home or the home of your elderly relatives, Selectron are here to help. We offer tailored residential security services, with state-of-the-art products covering video surveillance, intruder alarms and home automation. Whatever your needs, our team of security experts will work to provide the perfect solution and keep everyone safe.