We know that, in the wild, predators prey on the weakest members of the herd – the old, the sickly, the very young and the defenceless. The same is true for criminals.

Criminals will always try to find the easiest way to their bounty and if this means targeting the elderly, women and children, they will.

Many elderly or retirement-aged people will opt to live in a complex because they feel it is cost-effective and secure. However, they might let their guards down and become easy targets for criminals. It is, therefore, up to the younger members of the family unit to educate them about choosing an armed response company, what to request when quoted for a system, how to use the system effectively (stay functions etc.), the importance of remote and other panic buttons and so on.

Similarly, young families tend to migrate to complexes because their children can play in the ‘streets’ of the complex, as they themselves did as children. But the children need to be educated just as much as the elderly about safety in the home as well as when playing outside. Lists of numbers, known safe houses, how to use the alarm and panic buttons etc are all critically important for them to know.

Many single people also live in complexes, and though the same applies in terms of knowing about security and being vigilant, there are self-defence mechanisms available, such as *pepper spray, which are seriously worth considering when living alone.

Looking after each other is becoming more and more important – in the ‘old’ days the stereotypical nosey neighbour always knew what was going on – and we are almost certain that many criminals were thwarted because of their nosiness.

The term Ubuntu could not be more apt in this day and age – particularly with regards to safety.

*pepper spray is available to purchase from Atlas