Often, those who are disabled, aged, or simply alone fear being unsafe in their own home. Home is the place you should feel the safest.
Because our office deals with caregiving in Baltimore, MD and surrounding areas we provided statistics specific to the area we serve. You need to be informed in order to get rid of the fear and take the steps needed to be as safe as possible.
- Crime Index – There is a national statistic level called the Crime Index which reflects the crime level for particular areas. The National Average Crime Index is 100; while the Crime Index for Baltimore, MD is 341.
- Personal Crime Level Index – Personal crimes are typically what seniors and disabled citizens worry most about; they are an easy target due to reduced strength and other physical issues that make it nearly impossible to fight back or run. Baltimore’s personal crime index is 5 1/2 times higher than the national average.
- Fraud – The National Crime Prevention Council estimates that up to 80% of financial crimes are geared towards seniors. There are a multitude of fraud crimes to be aware of, all geared towards robbing the unknowing victim.
Senior Safety Tips
Everyone deserves to feel safe in their life, especially at home. Utilize these senior safety tips to help you or someone you love feel and be safer.
- Locks – Keep your doors and windows locked. During summer heat if you don’t have central air conditioning try a portable floor unit or a window unit; placing blocks or guards so the window cannot be pushed up allowing access where the air conditioner vents.
- Opening Doors – The reason seniors and disabled are often targeted at home is because they usually don’t have a lot of visitors. Never open your door to a stranger and if possible install a peep hole to see exactly who is at your door without ever opening it.
- Lighting – It is very important to keep your home well lit in the evening; both inside and out. Never come home to a dark house; use timers and outdoor light sensors.
- Have Visitors Stay – Sometimes having someone with you makes you feel safer. Often hiring professional companion care or asking a family member to stay with you when you feel most vulnerable can help.
- Vary Your Routine – Keeping a predictable schedule can put you at risk. Vary your routine so that if someone is watching you they don’t know specific times that you will be away from home or coming and going in and out of your home.
- Have a Check-in Friend – Neighbors, friends, or family members can serve as a check-in friend; making a simple call or even stopping by at least once or twice a day.
These are only a few tips that can help you feel safe at home. Here is a long list Provided by Adult Protective Services of Clark County that is much more intricate; covering senior safety in every area of your life.
*Crime Statistics provided by Protection 1 security.
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