When it comes to being secure in our homes, we want the best. Our park home is where we live, eat, sleep and spend time with our loved ones so you don’t want the security affected. Security is especially important as we get older.
As we age, we feel less secure in our day to day lives anyway. We aren’t as able as we once were, and we’re not as steady on our feet anymore. Sometimes we forget more and this can leave us feeling less secure in life. One thing that is important retirees is whether their park home is secure.
It is a sad but unfortunately true fact that criminals target older people. But if you secure your park home you reduce the risk of becoming a statistic.
When you move to a park home, you become a part of the surrounding community. People on park home sites are generally better at looking out for one another, because they all of the same mind set. Living in a park home means that you’re already better off because your neighbours will be there for you should you ever need them.
Many park are becoming gated communities. This means that you and other residents would have a code or a key to get in – and only you. Unauthorised visitors cannot enter the park on their own. This makes it so much safer. Visitors are usually given a temporary code or are buzzed in by the park office.
There are further ways to secure your park homes. Regularly checking locks to make sure they’re all functioning properly is a good idea. A faulty lock can be easily damaged and broken – leaving your home potentially compromised. For further protection and security you should think about installing a bolt on your door too.
These are incredibly easy to install and will give you one more piece of safety should you wish. While you’re checking your locks don’t forget to check your windows. Windows are a popular choice amongst burglars because they’re not as secure as doors. Check your door locks and attach different bolts to these if you need to.
For peace of mind, alarms are a great way to go. There are so many different types of alarms now that you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. There are complete alarm systems which cover the whole home and sound a loud noise if someone unwanted enters. However, these usually take a specialist to install and can be fairly pricey.
For cheaper options you can purchase individual door and window alarms. These work by being attached to door frames and window sills. They are magnetic and when they magnet is broken they sound out an alarm. But remember to turn them off if you want your window open or you could be in for a surprise!
Another type of door alarm is becoming increasingly popular. Due to the rise in doorstep scammers, many people are wary of opening their doors to strangers. This special type of alarm looks just like a doorstop, so you can put it under the door when you open it. Then if anyone tries to force their way in it will trigger an alarm that will scare off anyone trying to get in.
Safes are a common way of hiding and protecting valuables, but they are obvious. Burglars are wise to what safes looks like, as we all are and where they’re generally kept. Although they are a good way of hiding valuables, they are often targeted first.
This is why you should consider getting things which are safes but are specifically designed to look like everyday household objects. This can include things like books, tins of food and picture frames. If you have things in your park home that you want to secure then these are a great way to go. Obviously, the goal is to not let untoward people in in the first place, but if this does happen at least you know they won’t find your valuables.
There are many other things that you can do to secure your home. Simple things such as closing the curtains and blinds at night are a good way to go. The majority of burglars are opportunists so if they are walking by and see a TV through a window, they may try to break in. By not putting things on display like this, you aren’t giving them the opportunity.
You should also think about your lights. If you know that you’re going away or are going to be gone for a longer period of time then invest in light timers. You can attach these to any light in your home and set them to go on and off at whatever time suits you. If people see lights on at home they are less likely to try and get in. Another good tip for when you go away is to tell a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on the place. So if post is left building up people will know the house is empty – making it an easy target. If you really trust the neighbour then you may even ask them to check in every once in a while, by giving them a spare key.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where certain people will take advantage of retirees and the older population because they assume they’re easy targets. But by reading this list and employing some of the tips here you will show them that the older generation aren’t to be messed with!