It may seem inconceivable for many of us to consider committing a crime against anyone, let alone the elderly. But unfortunately, there are criminals who prey on the elderly for their vulnerability; they sometimes live in remote locations, and often live alone.
Theft is often the motive for crime against the elderly. Burglars may be seeking to steal jewellery, cash and other possessions from elderly people. But actually one in three cases of crime against the elderly involve elderly people being injured.
Read some of the stories of the victims of crime against the elderly in the Belfast Telegraph.
4 Ways to Protect the Elderly from Crime
- Possessions out of sight – Ensure that your loved ones keep valuables like their jewellery out of sight and not lying around the house obviously. Also limit the amount of cash they have out at one time and keep it out of sight and easy reach when out shopping.
- Practice cautiousness – Inform your loved one that if ever they are in doubt don’t open the door to a stranger. If you aren’t expecting visitors it’s okay not to answer. They should also lock all windows and doors to ensure easy entry isn’t tempting to passers by.
- Befriend neighbours – Make sure your neighbours know your elderly loved ones, and ask if they can keep an eye out on them. If they notice any unusual occurrences ask that they would check in, and call emergency services if necessary. Leave a contact number with them so they can call you if they have any other concerns.
- Install alarms – Alarms can provide assurance that your elderly loved one has help in an emergency. Smoke alarms, security alarms, and Careline alarms and key safes are some that can prove vital.
For more safety and security advice for loved ones living alone, read our post: ‘Alarms For The Elderly Living Alone’.