Senior citizens are often seen as easy targets for robbery, burglary and similar crimes. As such, it’s important for seniors to be well-informed and to take every possible precaution to protect themselves from break-ins, fraud and other crimes.
There are a few easy steps that seniors (and their families and caregivers) can take to ensure that they remain safe and secure, as discussed in a recent Senior Living blog post. We’ll summarize those steps below.
Protect Your Identity
- Don’t have regular monthly checks – such a pension or Social Security checks – sent through the mail. Have them direct deposited instead.
- Don’t include sensitive personal information in emails or text messages.
- Beware of scams – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Increase Your Home Security
- Make sure all doors are locked when you’re both at home and out. Lock windows as well.
- When someone knocks on the door, use a peephole or small window to verify their identity before opening the door.
- Don’t leave a door key under the doormat or hidden in another location near the door. Give keys to trusted family members or caregivers, or install a smart lock that can be operated remotely.
- Install motion sensor lights near doors and in dark places throughout the lawn.
- Choose doors made from solid wood or metal, and ensure that the doorframe is strong.
- Invest in a home security system. Not only are security systems the best way to prevent break-ins, but they can also be valuable in medical emergencies, fires and more. Security systems are especially important for seniors who travel regularly or live in a different city for extended portions of every year.
At KMT Systems, we aim to ensure that all Atlanta-area senior citizens are well-protected and safe. Our home security systems and smart home automation can be easily customized to fit your needs and budget. Get in touch today to get started!