Do’s and Don’ts for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens are important members of society, but are unfortunately not as active and healthy as they used to be. This often makes them easy targets for abuse and theft. In light of this, the Mumbai Police have issued guidelines and advice for the safety of Senior Citizens.

The following are a few points to remember:

  • Majority of the offences committed by the persons are known to the victims – servant, watchman, craftsman etc.
  • Criminals are generally not on police record.
  • Database of elderly people staying alone in the jurisdictions of various Police Stations are compiled with poor response.
  • Servants’ information is often not provided to the Police for fear of losing servants.



  • Employ a servant after verifying his or her real name, and native address with the help of the nearest Police Station.
  • Never discuss financial matters in front of your servant.
  • It is always safe to deposit your valuables in safe deposit vault of any Bank.
  • Treat your servant in a humane way.
  • Do not allow any of the relatives or friends of your servant to visit your house. If at all he has any frequent visitor, get his antecedents checked from police and try to keep the number of such persons.
  • Make your neighbour know of you being staying alone. The Housing Society also needs to know this.
  • Use of modern security gadgets is always advantageous. Door alarm, electronic eye bell etc. is available in market. Consult the professionals in this regard.
  • Install a peephole in your front door and always check the identification of strangers before you let them inside your home.
  • Never leave spare keys in the open or in the conventional hiding places.
  • Verify the identity of any repairmen. Use the telephone number listed in the phone book, not the one suggested by them.
  • Inform your society about unacquainted visitors, so that their identity could be checked at the very gate of the society.
  • A well-designed electronic alarm system attached to the office of your Housing Society or to the watchman’s cabin would be advisable so as to send alarm signals to all simultaneously
  • When you admit a workman or a salesman, do not leave him alone at any time.


Source: This information has been obtained from the website of the Mumbai Police