Home safety information for elderly residents

June, 2013 ID-10011403

The sad truth of this day and age means you can’t always be sure that people that turn up on your doorstep are who they say they are. In order to achieve best senior living we would like to pass on some advice for the elderly and their families/carers, provided by BBC’s Crimewatch, to stop fake callers getting past the threshold…

  1. Be on your guard every time the doorbell rings, or there’s a knock at your door. Look out of your window to see who’s there first and if you don’t know who the person is, open the window slightly and talk to them that way, rather than opening your door.

  2. Alternatively, have a viewer fitted in your front door so that you can take a good look at who’s there first. If your eyesight isn’t so good, don’t worry as you can now get wide-angle viewers to help you see better.

  3. Put the door chain or door bar on before opening the door and talk through the gap. Fit a small mirror to the wall next to the door so that you can easily see the person you are talking to. When the caller has left and you’ve closed the door, don’t forget to unhook the chain so that any friend or relative you have given a key to can still get in.

  4. Make sure your back door is locked if someone knocks at your front door. Sometimes thieves work together with one coming in the back way, while the other keeps you talking at the front.

  5. Keeping the chain on the door. Ask callers from the council or any other organisation to pass through some identification. If you need your glasses to check this don’t think it’s rude to close the door and go and get them. A genuine caller won’t mind.

  6. Gas, electricity and water companies are all required to offer special services for their customers of pensionable age. One of the services is to arrange for you to have a personal password so that you will know if the caller is a representative of the company. To register for these services you will need to contact the company, and information on how to do this is on the back of your bill.

  7. We need neighbours to help and be vigilant – don’t be afraid to ask for ID – if they are who they say they are, they won’t mind.

  8. If you’re still not sure, ask the caller to leave and tell them to write and make an appointment so that someone else can be with you the next time they call.

  9. If you feel threatened at any time or believe you are in immediate danger call the police on 999.

The basic rule is: if you don’t know the person at your door, don’t let them in.

Original source: BBC’s Crimewatch
Image courtesy of, graur codrin

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