Home security is important for people of all ages, but especially so for seniors and aging individuals living alone. By following certain safety tips and developing a home security plan, seniors can feel safer at home. With increased number of our older folks on their own these days, this has become an important aspect to be considered. You may be living in an apartment or in an independent home, but being conscious of security is very important. The author lists out some tips that you could follow to secure your home and property better. Team RetyrSmart
Tips for seniors to secure your home and property better
By following certain safety tips and developing a home security plan, seniors can feel safer at home.
- Lock windows and doors. It may seem like common sense, but failure to repeatedly lock windows and doors can, and often does, give burglars easy entry into the home.
- Think about a smart doorbell. Technology now enables doorbells to provide a video feed to a person’s smartphone or tablet over WIFI. This allows residents to see who is at the door and speak to this person without having to open the door. Some products like
Ring will even register motion activity and record short videos from outside of the house.
- Don’t share or leave keys. Avoid leaving keys under a mat or in a flower pot. Others may be watching your actions and gain access to your home while you are away.
- Ask for ID. When service people or other individuals come to the door, verify their credentials by asking to see some identification.
- Get a home security system. The best protection against burglars is a home security alarm. Such an alarm often deters burglars from breaking in.
- Install a lockable mailbox. Locked mailboxes restrict access to sensitive information, such as bank account numbers, sent in the mail. Make sure retirement checks or other payments are deposited directly into bank accounts instead of having them sent by check.
- Use home automation. Home automation, or a “smart home,” can be utilized to turn on lights, set the thermostat, lock doors and much more.
- Adopt a dog. Dogs can be an asset to seniors. Dogs provide companionship and can bark or alert seniors if someone is around or inside the home.