Home security advice for the elderly

2 April 2014

The elderly are often more prone to burglary as they can be seen as being vulnerable. It’s believed that elderly people are less likely to deal appropriately with property crime, and that’s why criminals and scammers purposefully target them.

It’s important that the elderly are aware of safety and the security measures that can give them extra protection. Here are a few tips to help us all stay safe in our homes and protect us from burglary.

• Check with the housing department of your local council to see if you’re entitled to any help towards home security improvements.

• Get to know your neighbours and encourage regular visits from family and friends so you have a constant presence of people around you. It’s important for neighbours to look out for each other and it’s a good idea to join your Neighbourhood Watch team if there is one (if you’re not already a member).

• Always lock doors and windows to prevent unwanted intruders – even when at home.

• Fit a door chain and viewer to make answering your door safer.

• Don’t let strangers into your home. Only answer the door to people you know, and be wary of unexpected visitors.

• Never let a cold caller into your home, never give out your personal details (in person or over the phone) and always check for ID. If someone acts suspicious when you ask them for ID, shut the door.

• Don’t keep large amounts of money in your home. You should also never keep your cheque book and cheque card together or your PIN number with your credit or debit card.

• Fit good exterior lighting which lights up both the front and back of your house. This gets unwanted people off your property and can protect you against night-time vandalism and theft.

A monitored alarm, such as those offered by ADT, is the perfect way to stay safe. This means you’re always connected to an outside party. When your alarm sounds, an alert signal is sent to a monitoring centre and help is summoned as soon as possible.

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We've been keeping people and their possessions safe for more than 50 years, and we can do the same for you.

After visiting your home we'll recommend the security solution that offers the best protection for your needs. Our alarms start from just £99 - but the peace of mind they offer is priceless.

Book a free security audit

We've been keeping people and their possessions safe for more than 50 years, and we can do the same for you.

After visiting your home we'll recommend the security solution that offers the best protection for your needs. Our alarms start from just £99 - but the peace of mind they offer is priceless.

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They'll arrange to visit your premises and recommend the right security solution based on your property and business.

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We've been keeping people and their possessions safe for more than 50 years, and we can do the same for you.

Once we have received your enquiry one of our security consultants will visit you at home and after completing an assessment of your security needs will recommend the security solution that offers the best protection for your needs.

Our alarms start from just £99 - but the peace of mind they offer is priceless, because it is not what they take but what they leave behind.

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If you have any questions you can call us on 0800 4587 999.

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We'll be in touch shortly

On receiving your form, one of our advisors will contact you to discuss your home security requirements and, if appropriate, arrange the best time for us to visit you.

If you have any questions you can call us on 0800 4587 999.

Our advisors are available from
8am - 8pm Monday and Tuesday,
8am - 7pm Wednesday to Friday,
9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday

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