It is an unfortunate fact of life that people experience crime close to home. Of all non-fatal violent crime committed against the elderly, 59% of it occurred at or near their home, reports the U.S. Department of Justice. This means that the majority of people who had to go through this ordeal, had to do so in their own homes. That’s a terrifying thought, as homes are supposed to be safe places. Attacks like these can often lead to people being unable to sleep in their own bed at night because they’re so scared of being attacked again. So, what can vulnerable groups such as seniors in particular do about this?
Deterrents for Your Home
The first step you might take to ensure your home, or the home of a loved one, is secure would be to install a security system. This can be expensive, depending on the level of security you require, however, it can bring peace of mind to the occupant. As well as this, a security system also acts as a deterrent to criminals.
If they can see cameras then they know they’re going to be recorded committing a crime, so they’re less likely to carry it out. A study by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation, says that most burglars took deterrents such as cameras into account when choosing a target, and that 83% would look for a deterrent before they attempted a burglary. 60% also said they’d look for another target if they did find a camera, or other deterrent.
An expensive camera system isn’t the only way to protect your home. There are also alarms, and security lighting. These security lights are activated when they sense motion, and are usually the least expensive option for securing your home, or adding deterrents to it.
There are also some alternatives to security systems like cameras, lights and alarms. If you’re a senior living alone, or you know someone who is, then it might be a better option to look into assisted living arrangements for true peace of mind. Here, they wouldn’t need to fear for their safety, as homes will have security systems in place, as well as staff who look after the premises.
However, if you don’t wish to go to an assisted living facility, then you could always purchase a weapon to keep in your home. This will give you something to defend yourself with if necessary, and if you’ve already experienced a burglary, it can help put your mind at ease, even if you never have to use it.