For any home­own­er, a crime such as a break-and-enter rob­bery or assault is chal­leng­ing. These crimes can be espe­cial­ly dif­fi­cult for Senior Cit­i­zens liv­ing on fixed incomes. Let’s learn about Safe­ty for Seniors.

How do we best pro­tect some of our most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens?

Here are some tips that are recommended by major Canadian Police Forces.

  1. Try to reduce or elim­i­nate get­ting cheques through the mail. Where pos­si­ble, arrange for direct deposits or send them direct­ly to the bank or trust com­pa­ny.
  2. Pay rent and oth­er month­ly bills auto­mat­i­cal­ly and elec­tron­i­cal­ly via a bank account.
  3. Avoid car­ry­ing a purse when­ev­er pos­si­ble.
  4. Nev­er car­ry large sums of mon­ey on you or in a purse.
  5. Don’t leave purs­es unin­tend­ed in shop­ping carts, wait­ing rooms, store coun­ters, etc.
  6. If some­one grabs your purse, don’t resist.
  7. Try to keep valu­ables and essen­tial doc­u­ments in a bank safe­ty deposit box.
  8. Use a “bud­dy sys­tem” when vis­it­ing the bank or stores.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, fraud is often direct­ed at Senior Cit­i­zens. Crim­i­nals take advan­tage of cir­cum­stances that make peo­ple vul­ner­a­ble. Finan­cial sit­u­a­tions, health needs, or the reliance on oth­ers to do home ser­vices can make seniors tar­gets of con games.

For Protection — Safety for Seniors 

  1. Check and ver­i­fy the iden­ti­ty of all vis­i­tors or sales­peo­ple to your home.
  2. Don’t do busi­ness with peo­ple that approach first. (i.e. door­knock­ers or tele­mar­keters)
  3. If asked to sign any cheques or doc­u­ments, ensure that it is for a legit­i­mate rea­son. If in doubt, check with a trust­ed friend, lawyer, accoun­tant or the police.
  4. Nev­er call a 900 num­ber; these calls are not free.
  5. Nev­er give your cred­it card num­ber, bank infor­ma­tion or social insur­ance num­ber for “ver­i­fi­ca­tion” pur­pos­es.
  6. Do not send com­pa­ny mon­ey for ‘tax­es’ as Cana­di­an prize win­nings are not sub­ject to tax.
  7. Be wary of any “nice” stranger if the con­ver­sa­tion con­cerns mon­ey.
  8. Say “no” to char­i­ties if you don’t know who you’re deal­ing with or where the mon­ey is going—a typ­i­cal try to use a name sim­i­lar to a well-known char­i­ty. Before donat­ing mon­ey, ask for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the char­i­ty and the solic­i­tor. All legit­i­mate char­i­ties are reg­is­tered. Nev­er give cash at the door.

Crim­i­nals are con­stant­ly look­ing for new tar­gets. We can reduce the risk by prepar­ing our­selves and our most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens with help­ful infor­ma­tion. Please share these tips with your friends and fam­i­ly.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.