The elderly may feel more vulnerable to some crimes, although they are actually less likely to become victims.
- Get a personal alarm to use in emergencies, e.g. if you trip over at home
- Don’t keep large amounts of money at home, try to use a bank account instead
- Look after your pension book and other bank cards etc. carefully – consider a small domestic safe
- Fit door chains and spy holes. do not feel obliged to answer the door to people you do not know.
- Many councils and have security schemes that are aimed at older and more vulnerable people – try asking them for some advice
- Be aware about the risk of bogus callers and learn how to spot them
Organisations who help older people:
Age Concern England and Help the Aged have joined together to form Age UK, a single charity dedicated to improving the lives of older people.
You can call Age UK’s Information Line on 0800 00 99 66.
Age UK has a range of services, many of them free, designed to help older people remain independent and feel safe in their own homes. They provide practical information and advice to older people and their families and factsheets on a range of issues that affect older people in the UK.
For unrivalled advice on security, find a fully qualified & licensed Master Locksmith Who will be able to give you the best advice. Unlike other organisations, who may be able to help, the staff rarely have any qualifications in locksmithing or any formal training by recognised organisations. some of the work we have seen has been very poor. For a national list of registered locksmiths companies click here – MASTER LOCKSMITHS ASSOCIATION
Help the Aged have produced a brochure, Your security – personal safety at home and in the street, that contains useful information for older people about bogus callers, securing your house, protecting belongings and personal safety. (Adobe PDF document, 216kb)