Friday, December 7, 2012

Top 10 Ways to Keep our Seniors Safe

Sadly, our elderly in society are not revered and respected as in times past.  This is evident with the inceased crimes against the elderly.  There are an increasing number of robberies, home invasions, burglaries and scams targeting the elderly.  The incident in Apex, NC where an 84 year old woman was taken at knife point and robbed is infuriating.  No elderly person should ever have to endure the trauma of having a weapon caring, drug addicted hoodlum threating to rape and kill them if they don't hand over their possessions. 

Criminals like the lions we watch in documentaries, look the the easy prey: the sick, young and elderly but our neighborhoods are not the plains of Africa and our seniors can not be allowed to be the prey of the day.  In order for our neighborhoods to be safe here are the Top 10 things we can do in our neighborhoods to stay safe.

  1. Use the buddy system:  There is power in numbers.  Always travel with a companion. 
  2. Carry a cell phone with the Bsafe app.  This app allows you to select guardians that will be notified if you press  the red SOS button.  You select guardians, which are people you know that will receive a text message that you are in trouble along with a map of your location.  One person will receive a phone call.  The app is free and can be downloaded to an Iphone or android smart phone.  It is available at
  3. Carry a whistle:  A cheap whistle is better than a yell.  Always have it with you and don't be afraid to blow it if you are in trouble.
  4. Don't talk to strangers; often criminals will try to befriend elderly people for the purpose of taking advantage of them.  If you don't know them don't talk to them.
  5. If you see someone suspious call the police.  Don't be afraid to make the call.  It is better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Look out for one another in the community, if there is a senor that has mobility issues pick up any distributed phone books or newspapers for them.  Check the perimeter of the home and make sure that nothing has been tampered with.  Also make sure you have their phone number and call and check on them daily.
  7. Use lighting; having motion lights is a great deterent to criminals.
  8. Cut any bushes that could provide hiding places for potential burglars.
  9. Have a quality security system installed with a special duress code in case of an attempted home invasion or robbery.  Call 919-228-8361 for a free assessment in North Carolina
  10. Install security cameras on the property.
By applying these simple, easy and inexpensive tips we can assure that our senior citizens can enjoy their golden years . safety is not something that we should take lightly.  For additional tips on how to stay safe download my free book, The Homeowners and Consumers Toolbox: Safety to Savings, Tips and Tools at Your Fingertips ( Click the link to download) 

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