Criminal acts against the elderly can be very detrimental to families and friends of the people involved. Even though the number of crimes against the elderly are rare, they can be long lasting for the elderly victims. Because of their, the elderly are often targets of muggings, purse snatching, home robberies, car thefts, and money and home repair scams. They are more likely than younger people to face attackers who are strangers. And to top it off, someone who is elderly is most likely to suffer an injury than a younger person when a crime occurs.
But, even though there are risks, don’t let the fear of crime stop you from enjoying life.
You will find more tips below on how you can help your elderly loved ones best deal with a crime or the possibility of a crime:
Always keep an eye on your surrounding space or area at all times.
Maintain Safety at Home
Do try to make sure that your locks, doors, and windows are strong and cannot be broken easily. A good alarm system adds extra security.
Remember to always check to make sure all windows and doors are locked, both when you are at home or away.
Make sure you have a list of your most expensive belongings. Taking a picture of your valuables is also a good idea. Store these in a safe place.
You an ask your local police department to mark all of your valuable belongings.
Don’t open your door before you know who’s there. Always look to see who is at the door by looking through the peephole or safe window.
If there is a stranger at the door, simply ask for id before you even think of letting the person in. Keep in mind that if you feel unsure or scared, you don’t have to open the door.
Don’t ever keep large amounts of cash money in the house.
Do get to know your neighbors. Community awareness through a neighborhood watch program is the one of the best things to do to keep yourself and household safe from crime.
Be Street Smart
Remember to stay away from unsafe areas when walking around your neighborhood, and make sure to walk with a friend and remain aware at all times
Keep you car fully locked at all times.
Don’t open your car door or roll-down your window for strangers.
Do park in well-lit areas.
When walking through your neighborhood, make sure that your purse is secure and the strap is placed over shoulder and across chest.
Don’t resist a robber. Hand over your cash right away if confronted.
Be Safe with Your Money
Do have your monthly pension or Social Security checks sent right to the bank for direct deposit.
It’s a bad idea to have a regular bank rountine.
Never carry a bunch of cash.
Put your wallet, money, or credit cards in an inside pocket.
Don’t keep your check book and credit cards together. A thief who steals both could use the card to forge your signature on checks.
Hopefully, with the above tips and some common sense, you can minimize the risk of a criminal occurrence for a safer and more unafraid life.