Stay safe with these nine top tips
FEELING safe in your own home is essential to a person's well-being.
It's important for Seniors to be able to enjoy their, community and lifestyle in comfort and security.
Research shows that people who appear confident and take security precautions are less likely to be victims of crime.
What can you do ?
- 1/ Only list your initials and surname in the phone book to limit the amount of personal information available.
- 2/ If you use an answering machine or service, don't advertise that you live alone. Leave a message saying 'we' will call back.
- 3/ If you or your family communicate on the internet, via Facebook or similar, ensure you don't give personal details such as your home address and phone number.
- 4/ Be cautious about information you give to strangers. Don't tell them where you live, when you will be away or give them any personal, family or financial information.
- 5/ When shopping, don't carry large amounts of money and never leave your handbag, wallet or personal items unattended or in the shopping trolley.
- 6/ When travelling on public transport, sit where you can see and be seen by the driver or guard. Check the timetables beforehand to avoid long waits.
- 7/ If you have a touch phone, program in the phone numbers of a relative, neighbour, close friend and the emergency number 000 (triple zero).
- 8/ If you receive mail, emails or phone calls requesting money - even if it's for charity - it's important to verify where the request has come from before donating. Contact your local police station if you are still unsure.
- 9/ If you live alone give consideration to installing an alarm system - it will help protect your home and your personal safety. Medical or personal alarm systems can be easy to set up and there are many options available to you, depending on your needs.