Your Family - Advice for the Elderly
The elderly are no more at risk from crime than any other section of society.
But that doesn't mean that you, or your relatives feel less afraid than becoming a victim of crime.
If you are an elderly person and you're worried about crime, you should follow much the same prevention advice as anyone else. Take care when you are out and about.
Keep your possessions safe by securing your home. In particular, follow the advice on doors and locks and windows.
Note the other tips included in our Your home section especially those on property marking, and don't keep large amounts of money in your home. Keep it in a bank or building society where it is much safer.
Get to know your neighbours, as it will be helpful to both of you if you get to know each other's routines. It is especially important not to let strangers into your home.
Fit a door chain and viewer, and follow the advice in our section on bogus callers.
Several organisations such as Help the Aged and Age Concern have further information and advice for elderly people.