Emergency numbers on hand when needed

Criminals often prey on older members of society because they are seen as vulnerable, soft targets. But many other people in the community also become victims to crime.

Safety begins in the home, regardless of whether you live by yourself, with your partner or in a retirement village. Ensure that the locks you have fitted on windows and doors are of a good quality and will not break easily. Also keep a list of important contact numbers near the telephone so that no time is wasted in the event of an emergency.

An simple example when there’s a knock at the door and you do not have a peephole and not expecting any visitors, call out to the person and ask them to identify them self.

If it is a service or delivery person, do not simply open the door to them but insist on seeing their identification.

Elderly people living in a retirement villages need to ensure they do not become complacent. In eMalahleni there is Eden Park Retirement Village, Immergroen Outehuis, Moth Cottages and Mthimkhulu.


List of emergency numbers.

The perception is often that very high walls and fancy entrances to complexes deter criminals, but this is not always the case. Even in a secured complex, there is always a risk of burglaries and theft from inside and outside the complex and residents should remain vigilant and responsible for their personal security.

“Safety for the elderly when they are out and about should be a priority,” said Captain Eddie Hall, spokesperson from Witbank SAPS.

“A simple thing like going for a walk always let someone know where you are going and how long you expect to take.”

Many retirement villages have scheduled shopping days for the residents and take a combi to a local shopping mall.

“Unfortunately criminals are always on the look out for vulnerable targets; such as the elderly.”

The elderly normally always ask for help and sometimes too much information is given.

“Never freely give your personal details such as your banking information or cell phone number etc.”

  AUTHOR
Samantha Traill
JOURNALIST/PHOTOGRAPHER

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