Defense Against Crime

12/03/2010

Protecting the Elderly

Filed under: Crime Prevention — peppereyes @ 3:55 PM
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Home Invasions, break-ins and robberies are nothing new. Over the past week there have been several cases when the crook was someone who the victim trusted who waked right through the front door.  In one instance the robbery posed as a house cleaner, and since the woman seemed trust worthy, the elderly lady allowed her in. In this economy there are lots of people looking for extra ways to make money, but not all of these people are honest.

In another instance another several elderly people in BEAUFORT, SC were taken advantage of by someone who was supposed to be their home health care nurse. This woman is wanted for using credit cards she stole from her elderly patients. The suspect does possess a valid nurse’s aide certification, and she is not currently employed by any health care provider, nor was she working for any health care provider during the times she cared for these victims

 In Colorado Springs police are looking for suspects in a home invasion where the victims were senior citizens.  According to the police report the suspect knocked on the door, and when one of the senior residents opened the door, an armed man wearing a ski mask forced the door open ordering everyone to the floor. The armed suspect then put the gun to one of the victim’s head and said he would shoot her.

There are various law enforcement and FREEE community resources in place to ensure that our senior citizens have adequate crime prevention awareness and personal safety awareness training to limit their chances them from being robed, assaulted, scammed, or even harmed. Once they have been a crime victim, there are almost always the immediate as well as long term psychological and physical effects of distress, fright, and other issues that will affect them. I’ve discussed crimes against the elderly before but here  is a check list of items that you should use to protect our valuable human treasures.

  • Use a strong chain on the front door or a door alarm, and use it every single time the door is opened.
  • Use quality deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and keep your doors locked at all times, even when you’re inside.
  • Have a peep hole installed on the front door. These can be purchases at a hardware store.
  • Ensure all windows are locked and secured in rooms not being used, upstairs and downstairs. Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
  • A home alarm system or simple window alarms can go along way; you can even invest in cheap alarm stickers to give the illusion of having an alarm system.
  • Never give any of your personal details (Name, Account numbers, Social Security numbers, address, etc) to anyone on the telephone. This can open you up to being robbed.
  • Make your home appear occupied when you go out by using a timer to turn on lights and a radio.
  • Keep the front of your home free of overgrowth that can be used as hiding places for crooks.
  • Ask your local police come inspect your home a security check and advice.
  • Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy for emergencies.
  • If you live in a senior community, work out a “buddy” system with a friend to check on each other daily.
  • Use Hidden safes for your other limited amount of cash and other valuables.
  • Engrave your valuables (TV, stereo, DVD Players, etc) with a unique identification number recommended by the police.
  • Never let strangers in uniforms in your home without checking their identification. Call their company if you’re not sure. Especially, if you didn’t know they were coming. Install a peephole in your door and use it.
  • Have the contact numbers available for the police, fire, and your utility companies ( gas, electricity, water, cable and other utilities)  by  your telephone and do not call any number given to you be anyone claiming to be from a utility company.
  • Dogs are great protectors, and companions. If you can’t have a pet, A ‘Beware of Dog’ sign goes a long way.
  • Never leave your spare house key in an obvious place, leave it with a neighbor you trust

There is a wealth of resources on this topic. Be well informed  and take action, knowing what to do and then doing it is the only solution.

 By Victor Swindell, owner of PepperEyes.com, a division of Swindell Enterprises. PepperEyes.com is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking personal responsibility to protect themselves, and their families with our pepper spray, stun guns, and other personal security products. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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  1. […] If an unknown visitor is standing so close to your door viewer/peephole that you cannot see behind them, ask them to step back away from the door. A wide-angle door viewer will enable you to see to both sides. You may think that you are dealing with one person when in fact there is another crook either lurking behind, or to the side of, or below, the caller. Home invasion criminals rarely work alone unless they think they are dealing with a single frail elderly person. […]

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