June 7, 2013

5 Home Invasion Tips for Seniors

Filed under: Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 8:36 am

Courtesy of Hayley Granton [hayleygranton@gmail.com]

A home invasion can happen to anyone. Home invasions occur when robbers or intruders force their way into someone’s home with the intention of committing burglary or another crime. It is also possible to become the victim of a home invasion when you actually invite an individual into your home unknowingly. In most instances, health the point of entry for these criminals is the front door, remedy side door, back door, garage or an unlocked window. The scenario can be extremely scary no matter what your age, but if you are a senior citizen, you may feel particularly vulnerable. Here are a few tips that can help you in the event of a home invasion or to avoid one.

• Many home invasions take place as a result of a resident opening their door to someone they think is harmless. An example is when someone comes by and says they have a delivery to bring you. If you are not expecting a package, you should be cautious and should not answer the door. Pretending to be a delivery person is one of the oldest tricks in the book that intruders have up their sleeve. Always request verbal verification of the individual’s company and call the company to confirm that there is indeed a delivery coming to you. Keep your door closed as well as locked5 Home Invasion Tips For Seniors at this time and only open it if it is proven that the delivery and the delivery person is legitimate.

• If you have a security system installed in your home, always have it armed. The worst mistake you can make when you are home is to disarm it as burglars and intruders always seem to know when alarms are not activated. It is equally as important to keep your alarm system armed when you are home and awake as when you are asleep, especially since criminals frequently tend to target senior citizens.

• According to Alabama Home Security specialists LifeShield, plan ahead in the event of a home invasion. It is essential to do this so that you can be prepared to act if you should become the victim of such a crime. Do this whether you are single and live alone or if you have a family living in your home. Take the time to discuss what each person will do if your home is invaded by a criminal. Planning ahead is extremely important as your survival may depend on it. Keep your cell phone on you at all times and have emergency numbers easy to call, such as at the touch of a single button.

• Invest in safety barriers on your windows and doors. While gates or bars in your windows may not always be slightly, they can help to keep your home better protected against potential intruders. Keep these things secure, even when your windows and doors are closed and locked.

• Even if you do become the victim of a home invasion, always remain calm. This is absolutely essential as remaining as calm as possible can very well save your life. Keep your wits about you and use common sense.


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