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Stay safe if you're elderly

Elderly people are no more at risk of crime than anybody else, but they are often more concerned about crime than other age groups. Here's some information about what you can do to stay safe.

If you are over 65 years old, chances are you're quite worried about crime, but the simple truth is: elderly people are generally at about the same risk of crime as the overall population.

You really need to take the same precautions as anybody else: be alert when you're walking alone, and follow our tips for safe travel on public transport.

When you leave the house, make it a habit to double-check that all doors and windows are securely locked, and follow our other common sense safety tips:

  • don't keep large amounts of cash in the house
  • don't open the door to strangers
  • have a peephole fitted in your door so that you can see who is outside.
  • don't engage in personal conversation with telephone sales people
  • never give out personal information such as credit card information to strangers who come to your door or who phone you
  • make sure you have good exterior lighting on your home
  • call the council and let them know when streetlights burn out in your neighbourhood

Know your neighbours

If you live in a large city, it's harder to get to know your neighbours, but it's more important than ever that you should do so. One great way to meet those living on your street is to start or join a local Neighbourhood Watch (new window) programme.

Get advice

There are plenty of organisations out there that can offer advice and help if you're worried about crime. Try contacting Help the Aged (new window) or Age Concern (new window).

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