(KMOV) – When elderly people are victimized in their own home, it’s something that surprises and angers even the most experienced detective.
The recent crimes against the elderly have police and security experts speaking out about how the elderly can protect themselves. Over the last week, two elderly women were killed and a third elderly woman was the victim of a home invasion last weekend.
That woman said the robbers simply burst through the front door at 3 a.m.
To prevent crimes like this, Ben Philibert of Philibert Security says one thing that could work is a $12 slide bolt lock, installed by a handyman.
"You mount it down into the floor…so to get this door open now you have to virtually tear the whole door apart," he says.
But a lock alone may not be good enough.
Detective Michael Floore with the East St. Louis Police Department says the elderly should watch their surroundings. He adds, "they need to watch their surroundings [and] make sure doors are closed, plenty of lighting on the outside of the residence.”
“If they hear anything, look out the door ask who is it,” says Floore. “Make sure family members call first to let them know they're coming. Don't open the door for strangers."