Senior care professionals give safety advice
Our senior care professionals have rounded up a few tips about home security, using public transport, safer shopping and more:
- Ensure your house number is clearly visible.
- Never tell anyone that you are at home alone for example trades or delivery people.
- Trim trees and bushes to allow a clear view of your home (this will remove hiding places for possible offenders).
- Don't leave keys in obvious places, such as under pot plants or in the meter box.
- Make sure handbags and wallets are not left in sight for example on bench tops or cupboards.
- Install security screens and grilles.
- Fit deadlocks and key locks to doors and windows.
- Install motion sensor floodlights.
- Think about installing an alarm system.
- Get to know your neighbours, they can be your eyes and ears if you're not at home.
Using public transport
- Travel with a friend.
- Wait for transport in a well lit area close to other commuters.
- Keep a current timetable to minimise time spent waiting.
- Don't sit alone on buses or trains and be sure that you can be seen by the driver or other passengers.
- Consider carrying a personal alarm.
Using your telephone
The telephone is probably your most important means of communication, however there are some criminals in society that will use it to their advantage.
- Always hang up on unwelcome callers.
- Never give your name or address to unknown telephone callers.
- Don't disclose that you live alone or that you may be away from your home.
- Never disclose any personal or financial information.
- Invest in an answering machine.
- Consider changing your phone number to a silent or unlisted number.
Safer shopping for elderly people
- Shop with friends whenever possible.
- If you carry a purse or bag, hold it close to your body, tucked under your arm.
- Always have a firm hold of your handbag or purse, don't leave it on shop counters or on the seat beside you on the bus or train.
- Never leave your handbag in the shopping trolley.
- Never carry large sums of money. Use EFTPOS or credit cards wherever possible.
- Use an ATM in shopping centres not external ATMs.
- Don't carry signed withdrawal forms with your bank book.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.