Safety for seniors

Contrary to belief, seniors still only represent a very small percentage of crime victims.

Research has shown that those who appear confident and take security precautions are less likely to become victims of crime. By introducing a few common sense practises into your daily routine you can give yourself, your family, friends and neighbours a much greater peace of mind.

Safety tips

Home Security

  • Ensure your house number is clearly visible.
  • Never tell anyone that you are at home alone for example trades or delivery people.
  • Trim trees and bushes to allow a clear view of your home (this will remove hiding places for possible offenders).
  • Don't leave keys in obvious places, such as under pot plants or in the meter box.
  • Make sure handbags and wallets are not left in sight for example on bench tops or cupboards.
  • Install security screens and grilles.
  • Fit deadlocks and key locks to doors and windows.
  • Install motion sensor floodlights.
  • Think about installing an alarm system.
  • Get to know your neighbours, they can be your eyes and ears if you're not at home.

Using public transport

  • Travel with a friend.
  • Wait for transport in a well lit area close to other commuters.
  • Keep a current timetable to minimise time spent waiting.
  • Don't sit alone on buses or trains and be sure that you can be seen by the driver or other passengers.
  • Consider carrying a personal alarm.

Using your telephone

The telephone is probably your most important means of communication, however there are some criminals in society that will use it to their advantage.

  • Always hang up on unwelcome callers.
  • Never give your name or address to unknown telephone callers.
  • Don't disclose that you live alone or that you may be away from your home.
  • Never disclose any personal or financial information.
  • Invest in an answering machine.
  • Consider changing your phone number to a silent or unlisted number.

Safer shopping

  • Shop with friends whenever possible.
  • If you carry a purse or bag, hold it close to your body, tucked under your arm.
  • Always have a firm hold of your handbag or purse, don't leave it on shop counters or on the seat beside you on the bus or train.
  • Never leave your handbag in the shopping trolley.
  • Never carry large sums of money. Use EFTPOS or credit cards wherever possible.
  • Use an ATM in shopping centres not external ATMs.
  • Don't carry signed withdrawal forms with your bank book.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.

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