Home Security and Safety Tips for Seniors

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Elderly Americans can help protect their home with these tips from Security Choice.

An estimated 27 million Americans are 65 years or older and the elderly population is rapidly growing. As this sector of the population increases, so does the need to keep senior citizens safe - especially if they live at home. More than nine out of 10 crimes against the elderly are property crimes.* Security Choice, a leading online resource for the best in home security systems, offers the following home security tips for seniors:

Make home updates a priority - Have deadbolt locks installed on all doors and update old or broken locks on windows. Don't leave keys in obvious hiding places like under doormats or plants. It's best to leave a spare key with a relative or neighbor.

Install a home security system - The latest home security systems are easy to use and equipped for medical and other home emergencies. Many home security companies provide customers with yard signs and window decals which can help keep burglars away. Homes with monitored alarm systems are three times less likely to be burglarized.

Use caution at night - Leave lights on outside the home at night. When entrances are well lit, it can deter burglars from approaching the home. Leave some lights on inside the home but close all blinds and curtains.

Be wary of visitors - The elderly should be cautious of con-artists posing as salespeople and should never answer the door without first identifying who is there. It's important to always ask for proper ID. Be cautious of salespeople with offers that seem to good to be true and never give personal information to in-person or over-the-phone solicitors.

Plan ahead - When leaving town, the elderly should ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for their house. It's also important to leave lights on in more than one room of the house to make it appear like someone is home.

These tips were brought to you by Security Choice, a leading online resource for the best in home alarm monitoring and home security systems.

*Statistic is from the National Elderly Law Network

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