A Personal Emergency Response System Improves Security
Posted on September 06, 2012
7/23/15 3:25pm | Along with many of my
friends and colleagues, I've been troubled by recent reports of violent crimes.
News of shootings in Chicago coupled with an uptick in homicides in the San
Jose area has left many people concerned not only about their own safety, but
the safety of their loved ones as well.
Whenever I discuss the topic of personal safety with a loved one
or a friend, I mention the benefits of a personal
emergency response system (PERS),
which sometimes comes as a surprise to them. They think that such alert devices
are only useful in medical situations, but they are also effective tools in
helping seniors, or people of any age, feel
safer inside their own home.
Medical Alert Systems Provide Safety
I know some older adults in the
San Jose area have grown concerned with the increasing number of burglaries
being reported throughout the city. Seniors who live alone can follow many safety
precautions to help themselves feel safer. Whether it be installing
security cameras around the home or getting an alarm system, the options are
endless. What if you want to alert the police of some suspicious behavior or contact
a relative to help lessen their concerns? In these situations a PERS can be
a useful addition to the security system.
recommend friends and family members use a PERS for personal security, they
usually ask how it's different from calling 9-1-1. It's a reasonable question,
but a PERS is different for several reasons. Primarily, it does not
automatically bring users into contact with emergency personnel. Instead our members
speak with an operator who will talk to them, assess the situation and put them
in touch with whoever is the best option - whether it is the police or a nearby
As we age our perceptions become impaired
and you may not be certain it’s a real emergency. Calling the authorities for a
false-alarm can add up to a large fee. With a PERS, you receive unlimited
button presses at no additional charge! Whether it’s a false alarm or a
pressing incident, we respond any time of day. You get immediate help at the
push of a button. Further, our Command Center lets you customize and select who
responds to you in the event of an emergency.
Protect Yourself Even Further
A PERS is not the only way family
members can help elderly relatives protect themselves. You can help eliminate
the threat of seniors being victims of burglaries and similar crimes. A friend
of mine whose elderly father is concerned about someone breaking in late at
night made a few home
improvements throughout the house to make sure it was more secure.
he made sure to check was making sure his father had strong locks on his
windows and doors. Regardless of the crime rate or security of your
neighborhood, everyone should have secure locks on all possible entries into
the home. It can be easy to overlook the quality of locks, but there's a big
difference between strong, well-made locks and products that can be easily
also some smaller changes that can improve security around the home. For
instance, making sure the house looks like it's lived in is crucial. Burglars often
target residences when they think the homeowners are away. This includes
everything from maintaining
your garden, mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, picking up the newspaper
and installing motion-sensor floodlights in entrances.
Are You Protected?
Home security is undoubtedly a
complex issue. With as more high-profile crimes make it into the news, it's
understandable for seniors and younger adults alike to be concerned. To feel safer
today, call us at 1-866-581-4540.
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