In recent years, you have most likely read a headline about criminals breaking and entering into a residence. Although the frequency of home invasions is not high, when they do occur, they can have serious consequences. Home intruders do not discriminate by age, race, religion or sexual orientation. Their only motivation is greed and monetary gain. In general, young people can take action when the security of their living space is compromised.

Unfortunately, many senior citizens are at a physical disadvantage and often have difficulty sensing danger and reacting to it in time. If you do fall victim to home invasion, you should cooperate as much as possible and try to remember any distinguishing features of your assailants. If you believe you might be in danger of home invasion, there are ways older individuals can decrease their risk of residential intrusion and scare off less determined criminals.

Home Security Tips

Invest In a Security System

One of the easiest ways to ward off potential attacks on your home is to install simple security measures. Start by asking your local city council or housing department if you are eligible for financial assistance toward home security improvements. Protect America’s line of home security systems offers a wide variety of packages that include window sensors at each entry point in your home, motion detectors for indoor security, master control panels, yard signs and window decals. All of Protect America’s security packages include 24/7 monitoring and a lifetime replacement parts warranty at one of the most competitive rates on the market today.

Practice Good Home Security Habits

  • Staying safe from harm can be as simple as making sure your door is locked before you go to bed every night. Try to make securing entry points in your home a habit by doing it after dinner or before brushing your teeth at night. If you hear a knock on your door, proceed with caution. Ask for the identity of the person before you open the door. Look through a peephole or window to verify who is at the door.
  • The front door is the first line of defense against home intruders. A quality door made of solid wood or metal is essential to home security. Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, doors are only as strong as the frame in which it is placed. Make sure your frame is made of steel or another metal. You can also opt to reinforce your current one.
  • Security film or Plexiglas are two security accessories that boost your level of safety. You can apply them on the inside of your home’s windows, making them more difficult to break through.
  • You will also want to keep a phone in specific rooms throughout your house or apartment. Choose one that is cordless for maximum mobility. Make it a habit to take the phone with you when you hear a knock on the door.

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