Older Canadians, more than any other segment of the population, are increasingly being targeted by criminals. The daily press is full of reports of seniors being scammed — their savings accounts emptied by phony bank inspectors. Or they may be duped into paying large amounts of cash up-front for services or goods which never get delivered.
But increasingly, 50-plussers are becoming the target of other crimes such as break-ins, battering… even rape. Much can be done to protect ourselves, our families, homes and possessions from a determined — and often creative — criminal element. All you have to do is learn to harden the target.
The home security survival guide
Much can be done to make your home a harder target for criminals to crack.
- Trimming shrubs and hedges will prevent them from being used as cover for burglars or anyone intent on assault.
- Use electronic timers to switch outside lights on, particularly if you plan on being away until nightfall.