Home Security Tips for Seniors

September 22nd, 2022



Home security should be a priority for everyone in Chico, CA, but elderly homeowners are more vulnerable when it comes to break-ins and other kinds of attacks at home. They are often seen as easy prey and an easy target for many burglars. For this reason, having the right home security solutions in place for seniors is critical.

Below you will find several home security tips for seniors to help ensure a more protected and safe living environment.

Lock the doors and windows

This should be done when you are at home as well as when you leave. All a burglar needs is one easy way to gain access to the home. If you come home and notice that a door or window has been opened, do not go inside. Instead, call the authorities immediately. If there was an intruder, they could still be inside the home.

Install a stronger door

Locks may not be enough to keep intruders out of your home. You should also ensure that you have a solid and durable door in place, as well as sturdy and reliable locking mechanisms. The door should be made of strong materials and reinforced with an equally strong frame. Deadbolt locks should also be used on all exterior doors.

Keep your phone nearby

As a senior in Chico, it is important to have your phone with you at all times in case something were to happen while you are at home. It should be easily accessible in case of an emergency. It is also a good idea to carry your phone with you when you answer the door as well in case you need to call for help.

Don't hide spare keys 

It is never recommended to hide a spare key outside. A seasoned burglar knows all the possible hiding spots people go for to hide their spare key, so it isn't safe. Instead of hiding the key, leave a copy with a trusted friend, neighbor, or family member nearby.

Get to know the neighbors

Don't be a stranger to your neighbors. Familiarize yourself with your community and introduce yourself to your neighbors. This gives you an extra set of eyes on your home to help.

Motion sensor lights

Having motion sensor lights installed as well as making sure the exterior of the property is well-illuminated is a good way to deter criminals from trying to break into the home. Without darkness to hide them, there is a much greater chance that they will be caught.

Home security checks

You can contact your local police department and ask them to perform a security check on your home. They will be able to tell you where you need to make changes in order to make your home more secure and can offer suggestions on what kind of security measures should be put into place for added protection.

Once you get a security check, make sure to contact a local security company in Chico, CA so you can review other options you have to protect your home.

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