This is great news...
Older people are less often the victims of crime than young people.
But that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Here are some steps to protect yourself.
- install a peep-hole
- fit the door with a chain lock or limiter
- keep doors locked day and night
- keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone
- if you have a cell, install the emergency numbers
- number your house clearly and install lights
- don't keep large amounts of cash laying around the house. Pennies are okay!
- don't even keep lots of cash on your person.
- don't give out credit card info, especially over the internet.
- mark all your property using UV markers or an etching tool, even take photos.
- get to know your neighbours. (good idea just for the hell of it)
Burglars use Distraction Techniques to gain entry into many seniors homes. They'll say almost anything. e.g.. Can I use your phone, there's been an accident. or I'm from the city I have to check the gas main down in your basement. Sometimes they work in pairs, one distracts you while the other robs you.
If in doubt, keep them out!
When you're out and about:
- don't travel alone
- keep car doors locked
- sit as close to the driver on public transit
- keep cash to a minimum
- wallets and purses out of sight. No straps
- avoid night time, and strange areas.
- don't give out personal info
- shred old outdated documents
So, you're awakened in the middle of the night. You heard someone breaking the window downstairs...
What are you going to do????