Certainly yesterday's blog post was informative, but reactive. Lets try to get proactive here with this issue. Today, I will talk a bit about target hardening and how it can help prevent elder abuse.
What the heck is target hardening?
From Wikipedia... Target hardening, also referred to simply as hardening when made clear by the context, is a term used by police officers, those working in security, and the military referring to the strengthening of the security of a building or installation in order to protect it in the event of attack or reduce the risk of theft. It is believed that a "strong, visible defense will deter or delay an attack".
In terms of business and home security, target hardening is one of the suite of protective measures that are included in crime prevention through environmental design. This can include ensuring all doors and windows are sourced and fitted in such a way that they can resist forcible and surreptitious intruder attack, adding hard barriers and landscapes that resist vehicle and pedestrian intrusion, adding fences, walls and hostile planting.
Well, lets think about our seniors/elderly as targets for abuse. We remember that we are trying to prevent some kind of neglect or physical, mental or financial abuse. How could we utilize the practice of "target hardening" to make the senior/elderly person a "harder thing to target?" Here are some ideas (obviously, these are my thoughts only, I am not a health care professional, etc.).
Anything elderly or seniors can do to harden themselves as a target will certainly be beneficial in preventing these abuse issues. We all should probably do more to help them prevent themselves from being abused, right?
Jeff Sodoma, MPA, Esq. is a lawyer based in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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