Safety Tips For Older People

Thankfully, crimes against elderly people are relatively uncommon, but in any event such crimes can be very disturbing.

If you have elderly relatives or neighbours you can help them to make their homes safer and reduce the risk of them becoming a victim.

Just by giving a little of your time you can reassure them, especially if they live alone. You could visit them regularly and even offer to fit additional locks to windows and doors, door viewers and chains for extra security.

If you are elderly yourself, you need to be aware of your personal safety and take precautions to avoid danger at home and while you are out.

Looking after your valuables

Keep your money safe in a bank, building society or post office and avoid keeping large sums of cash in the house. Don’t keep your cheque book and cheque card together and don't keep your PIN number with your credit or debit card.

Checking credentials

There are some people who specialise in preying on older people so you should be extra wary of any unexpected callers, whether it’s a man or a woman. Remember to always ask for their identity card confirming where they are from and, if you are still unsure, tell them to make an appointment and return later.

A genuine caller won't mind you checking their identity with the organisation they claim to work for. When checking with organisations, always get the telephone number from the phone book, don't rely on a number provided by the caller.

Involving the local police

If you belong to a pensioner’s lunch or social club, ask the organisations to invite the police or other speakers along to give advice on how to secure your home and protect your community.

You can find out who your local police officer is by visiting the Neighbourhood Policing section of the Leicestershire Police website.

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