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What Features Are Most Useful to Retired Homeowners for Home Security

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By Meghan Belnap / Blogger, Researcher and Freelance Writer

As people get older, they become more vulnerable to potential threats such as medical emergencies, slips, falls, fire outbreaks, electric shock, criminal attacks, etc.  Therefore, it is imperative to invest in home security systems as it helps to provide comprehensive protection, especially if you are living alone. The systems also offer a simple way to reduce risks or to give warning of any impending danger. Fortunately, modern technology has developed some home security systems that provide automation features, such as remote checking on whether the door is locked. Some of these features that are most useful to retirees include.

Door and Window Sensors

A door and window alarm sensor functions by using a sensor and a magnet. The sensor is positioned or on inside the window or door frame. Anytime the door or the window is opened, the magnet detaches from the sensor, thus sending a signal to the alarm system.

When you install a window and door sensor in your house, you will automatically be alerted by your home security system whenever any person activates the sensors. This is especially useful for those who have trouble getting up out of bed quickly. When things go bump in the night, you can sleep soundly knowing your doors and windows are still shut, and if the sensors go off, you can call the police without the need to get up and put yourself in harms way checking it out.

A Doorbell Camera

A doorbell camera is a considerable security gadget that will give the elderly peace of mind as they can show who’s at the door without opening it. With a doorbell camera, anyone in the house can see who is outside and even converse with them using the camera’s app. This is especially useful as many people feel that they can take advantage of the elderly with door-to-door scams. With this doorbell installed, you can just avoid answering the door altogether if you don’t recognize the person at the door.

There are a variety of doorbells that have added security but still easy to use. For instance, some doorbell systems are connected with smartphones which makes them be used remotely. Also, a doorbell camera helps keep criminals away as no bugler will break into a house with a doorbell camera system.

Home Automation

Motion-activated lighting outside the home is especially useful for both preventing burglary and making the home safer for the elderly. As you get older, your balance often takes a dive, especially when you can’t see where you’re putting your feet. Motion activated lights make sure that whenever you leave the home at night, your path is brightly lit. It also deters burglars, as they don’t like being in brightly lit areas where they can easily be identified or noticed and have the police called on them.

Electric Door Locks

Unlike the traditional key locks, electronic door locks are an effective home security system as they come with additional automation features such as locking and unlocking. The electric locks provide an easier way to keep entryways securely locked at odd hours or when you are away from home. They are fitted with codes for unlocking purposes. Anyone who wants to unlock the door must put the code set on the system. Some have a tampering alarm that is activated whenever a wrong code is entered several times. Many models also can be used with fingerprints instead of keys, making them safer for the elderly as you don’t have to worry about dropping your keys or finding them when you need to get into the house quickly at night.

When you get older, it’s important to make sure your home is set up with everything you need to live safely and comfortably. These additions can bring you greater confidence in avoiding burglars, scammers, and navigating safely at night.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.


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