Safety Tips for Seniors from Master Lock

Safety Tips for Seniors

We have nearly 50 million citizens age 65 and older living here in the United States and Canada. These seniors represent one of the fastest growing population segments and also, unfortunately, a group that is commonly targeted for crime. I know I often worry about my mom’s security and am happy that she is a pretty savvy lady, BUT any senior can be at and additional risk for crime vs. younger age groups.

As the senior population continues to grow (they estimate it will nearly double by 2050 in the U.S. and 2035 in Canada), need for senior safety education also grows. As part of the Master Lock’s ongoing commitment to keep consumers safe through every life stage and season, they offer these top safety tips for seniors.

Safety Tips for Seniors


  1. Be Alert When Out and About:Property crimes represent the highest share of crimes against those 65 and older – nearly nine out of 10 – according to the National Elder Law Network. Master Lock recommends that seniors be alert and aware of their surroundings when out of the house and to keep valuables protected. For example, always lock cars, even if they’ll only be unattended for a few minutes. Keep packages and valuables out of sight, and always check the area around your car before entering or exiting. When out in public, women should wear their purses close to their body and men should carry their wallet in an inside coat or front pant pocket.
  1. Lock Up Home Safety:Typically a place of comfort and refuge, seniors should never have to worry about safety in their own home. For added protection beyond traditional door and window locks, safeguard sliding glass and patio doors with the added strength of a Master Lock 265DCCSEN Door Security Bar and consider a home alarm system to alert against intruders. Keep doors locked both when you’re home and away, but allow access to a friend or family member in case of emergency by storing a spare key in a trusted key safe, such as the Master Lock 5422D Key Safe.
  1. Secure Personal Items in a Group Home Environment:Misplaced or stolen belongings are a frequent complaint of nursing home residents. Keep valuables safe by storing them in an easy-to-use, locked safe that only you and a trusted companion know the combination to. Small items, such as credit cards, jewelry or cash, fit in the portable Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace, while larger items, like documents or memorabilia, can be stored in a fire-resistant safe from Sentry Safe.SafeSpace™ Portable Safe
  1. Protect Against Identity Theft: Mature consumers (ages 50 and over) represent the largest demographic of identity theft victims, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Why? Consumers in this age group typically have more assets than younger consumers, making them ideal targets.Reduce your risk by never carrying your social security card; shredding documents that contain any identifying information; keeping personal information such as bank statements, Medicare statements and social security numbers in a locked safe; and storing credit card numbers in a safe location for easy retrieval if they’re lost or stolen. The Master Lock Vault – a free, digital safe deposit box – is a secure, reliable location for storing credit card numbers and digital copies of important documents for easy access from any smart phone or computer.
  1. Think Twice Before Divulging Personal Information:Seniors are also major targets of fraud, such as telemarketing scams, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. Follow the general rule of thumb that if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Never rush into signing anything, and never give your credit card, Social Security, Medicare or bank account details to anyone over the phone. When in doubt, check with the Better Business Bureau or police.

Master Lock 5422D


We received the Master Lock 5422D Key Safe mentioned above and it really is a great way to store extra keys that are securely locked away and only accessible with an access code.  You can set your own combination using up to 12 letters, numbers or both.  Since it has a protective weather cover that protects freezing and jamming, you can leave it outside.  For a senior, this is great way to leave an extra key for friends and relatives to come into your house during an emergency or to keep an eye on things when you are traveling.

We are going to be installing our own safe  at our rental properties when they are vacant.  It is a pain to have to be available when painters, carpenters, etc. are coming to do work, so this way we can just leave a key inside and give them the code – then change the code again later!

For more safety tips and products, visit the Master Lock website at or the Master Lock Facebook page at

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  1.' Vickie Couturier says:

    as I am now the elder our parents have passed and we try to keep our valubles in safe hidden places,,the kids know where everything is stored and where

  2. Seniors are targeted for a reason. They get weaker and less capable of defending themselves with each year of age.

  3.' Seyma Shabbir says:

    I want to protect our passports, photos, certificates, etc from fire.

  4.' Candie L says:

    We worry about my mother in law and being taken advantage of by other relatives. Thank you

  5.' Birdiebee says:

    My concerns for my elderly mother is being taken advantage of by individuals she trusts.

  6.' K-Squared says:

    My mother is a devoted person to helping those that she is able in that of encouragement or that of what she’s able from the heart. There is also some very important documents that relate in reference to medical conditions within my family, which this particular device would be perfect to hold.I have been having quite a hard time saving up for this product and I can guarantee that if selected it go to a person that really needs it for so many personal belongings.

  7. Security concerns for elderly love ones include strangers and falls.

  8.' kathy mcclanahan says:

    As we age we become forgetful and this is one way of keeping all important items together where family members can find them. It will also help with having only one place to remember where these things are. In an event of emergency all important papers are in one place!

  9.' Amy Pratt says:

    My biggest security concern is keeping my property and loved ones safe from intruders.

  10.' Holly Thomas says:

    My biggest safety concern is identity theft.

  11.' Sharon Kaminski says:

    My biggest safety concern is falling down and breaking something or injuring yourself.

  12.' Tracy Davis says:

    Identity theft is my biggest concern.

  13.' Richard Hicks says:

    My biggest security concern is someone breaking into the house when we are not at home

  14.' James Doyle says:

    Identity theft or even steal my credit cards!

  15.' Joey Simmonds says:

    You don’t know who can be trusted or not. It is heart breaking when one of your own relatives steals from you, I know. It is best to keep things secure to remove temptation.

  16. Thanks for the senior tips. I could use a lock box.

  17. most importantly is identity theft

  18.' Kelsea Nixon says:

    We worry about our important documents.

  19.' Nancy Marcho says:

    I’m most concerned about losing my important papers in a fire.

  20.' Robin M says:

    I’m concerned my aunt will fall with no one around to help her

  21. My security concern is keeping my property and family safe from intruders.

  22. My only concern is keep our cars safe outdoors. One was graffiti’ed in our driveway last year.

  23.' sandra davis says:

    I worry about my Dad all the time. He lives alone and the crime rate keeps getting worse and worse every day.

  24.' Laura Tucker says:

    I do worry about people taking advantage of my parents. I also worry about them being able to keep up with their important paperwork and documents and keeping them in a central and safe place.

  25. My biggest concern is falling when home alone.

  26. Paperwork mostly.

  27.' Julie Moore says:

    My front door when i am home alone

  28. My biggest concern is fire.

  29.' Justin Veyna says:

    Since I live in a dorm security is a big issue.

  30.' Monica Kirkham says:

    Though I live just seconds away, I am always worried about the safety of my elderly grandparents. While we don’t live in a high-crime address, the truth of the matter is…. Crime knows no address. My 21-year old daughter also lives with them, so I am concerned about her safety as well.

  31. My safety concern is keeping irreplaceable items safe from dangers like fire.

  32.' xty cruz says:

    My security concerns are our passport and important documents such as marriage certificate and birth certificate

  33.' Marilyn Nawara says:

    I’m concerned with break-ins while I’m at home.

  34. Email scams are my most concerning for them.

  35. Home burglaries have me the most concerned. Thanks for the great security ideas!

  36.' Tina Reynolds says:

    I worry alot about idenity theft

  37.' Tiffany C says:

    Oh my goodness, our lock broke yesterday!! We had to duck tape our door for a while, got it fixed right away! Home break ins are always a worry of mine.

  38.' Julie Waldron says:

    One of my biggest concerns is intruders.

  39.' Brenda Haines says:

    I’m a single mom and I want to make sure I can keep my family safe.

  40.' Kelly C. says:

    My concerns are that my kids won’t be able to get in the house if needed.

  41. I worry about my parents getting older and muggers or breakins. thankyou, ken

  42. My concern is now having a baby just being extra safe and taking any steps to prevent someone from even attempting to do anything.

  43. I like having a place I can safely lock up medications.

  44.' Debbie W. says:

    I am very concerned with identity theft, especially with credit card and bank accounts.

  45. I am concerned about burglers breaking into my home.

  46. My main concern is the possibility of a home break-in. Since the house has several exits, I would have a fairly good chance of getting out, but we do live in a rural area, and there is the added safety factor that there is almost always someone else at home with me.

  47. I’m concerned about them getting injured while home alone.

  48.' Michelle Plummer says:

    My mom has cancer and has several people that come to her home to work with her.

  49.' Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I worry that there will not be anyone around when they need help.

  50.' Angela W says:

    I’m concerned about our important documents and jewelry

  51.' Wendy R. says:

    Identity theft is a big security concern. Plus, I hate to say this but as we get older, we lose things more easily which is a also a concern.

  52. I feel much safer with a lock.

  53.' Dawn Monroe says:

    Im always concerned about break ins or them being taken advantage of.

  54. In today’s world locks are necessary

  55. I worry about my sisters stealing off my mom. She has been ill.

  56. I worry about identity theft sometimes. Ive had my credit card number stolen before, its not great.

  57.' Austin Baroudi says:

    We’re mostly concerned about people breaking in. Our old place was broken into 3 times and we had a lot of our stuff stolen. Since then we’ve moved to a much better area but it’s still always going to be a concern of ours.

  58.' Erica B. says:

    Identity theft is my biggest concern.

  59. I worry about stolen cards and identity theft

  60.' Carolyn Daley says:

    My concerns are people breaking in and identity theft.

  61.' Amanda Hoffman says:

    i have had money stolen from me so im worried about money and any personal information

  62.' Hesper Fry says:

    My biggest concern is someone breaking into my house.

  63. Where to put the rubies?

  64.' Estelle S says:

    My security concerns are fire, break-in and identity theft.

  65. I’m concerned about someone stealing my mom’s identity, or accessing her bank/credit card info and stealing from her.

  66.' Melinda Stephens says:

    We are always forgetting keys. Luckily, I live close to my mom, so running over there isn’t a problem when I am home, but i’m not always home.

  67.' laurie murley says:

    I always worry about my mom and her house

  68.' Eugenia Hall says:

    Right now my parents are still quite sharp mentally and careful, but my mom does have a bad habit of not locking her car doors when she’s “only going to be a moment”

  69.' Barb Stenby says:

    My son is moving into the city for college in the fall and this would be great for him.

  70.' Kathy Pease says:

    I worry about break ins and fire for the elderly..They can’t get around as good and some people might take advantage of that fact.

  71.' Amanda Whitley says:

    i am concerned with break ins. my area has really gone down hill in the past few years.

  72. I’m concerned about identity theft.

  73.' krystal wethington says:

    im so scared that we will have a break in.You hear of it happening all the time.

  74.' Sheron Yancey says:

    This site has so much information and is so helpful. I would love to win the lock.

  75.' Jennifer Herman says:

    My concern is home security.

  76.' Rosanne Morrison says:

    I spent the last 2 years having to take over my mother’s life when she went in to a nursing home and should have been in assisted living for 5-10 years before that. Her situation was a mess but she still had her faculties that she was not taken advantage of but did not even know how much money she had. She’d had CD’s in her drawers rather than in a safe or safe deposit box. she died months ago and I’m still dealing with the legal and financial issues.

  77.' John Herman says:

    The biggest concern would be home security.

  78.' Melanie Montgomery says:

    My mom’s neighborhood has had a couple of breakins, mainly cars, but still I worry.

  79. My security concerns have to do with a crime spree in our general area, so worries are down just a bit.

  80.' Lily Kwan says:

    My biggest security concern is keeping my personal information safe.

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