This is a Clippings & Musings article by our guest editor Helen Duval

Protection of the elderly and vulnerable remains the highest priority for manufacturers when looking at creating new security technologies.

For installers and manufacturers it is always sensible to remind homeowners about keeping their homes safe.  Regularly checking locks on all doors and windows should be almost ritualistic, however it does seem to be overlooked until the worst has happened. For those with elderly relatives it is well worth a reminder to ensure they are safe as burglary statistics continue to rise.

With people generally living much longer these days through much healthier lifestyles, this does create cause for concern where the vulnerable in society need to be given much more consideration regarding security and safety measures.

Sadly these days we all too often hear of elderly people being targeted by avaricious thieves. Many older people with Alzheimer’s for example, also can have tendencies to wander away from their home or caregiver and forget keys or even passwords to get back into their property.

Protecting our elderly population with technically advanced products has to become a focus and while, technology with electronic locking systems may appear frightening to some of the older generation, there are products out there now which are tackling these issues to help them cope.  Benefits of simple and fast installation combined with easy use, gives families real peace of mind when they do not live close to elderly relatives.

As more and more stories appear in the news and online regarding the vulnerability of an increasingly older generation, there are a number of solutions which would undoubtedly offer relatives and carers great comfort.  As home security becomes increasingly important and statistics on lock snapping increase, panic alarm systems and wireless door phones offer, reliable and comforting peace of mind to both elderly homeowners and their relatives.  Key safes are another area consumers can explore, providing a secure location for carers and/or relatives to gain access to a key to the home.

It is not just memory that can create problems but flexibility and agility as well, which is where key turners come into their own, offering leverage for opening door locks.

Today there are a lot of products out there that can help when loss of strength or dexterity occurs with hands and fingers. Also if anyone is suffering from reduced visibility or hand-eye coordination then there are some very practical solutions that locksmiths and installers can highlight to homeowners.

Handle covers also give much more grip if there are problems turning a lock on the inside of a door.

Equally for the public sector there are now many more products out there to offer security and safety guarantees, with many hi-tech innovations being launched.

The High Security Division at SECOM works alongside police authorities, government agencies and financial institutions nationally to ensure people and property can be protected.

The company is recognised for offering exclusive services to organisations that need particularly high levels of security for both the public and private sectors.

With this in mind, Codelocks has been offering training skills to locksmiths since 2012 to help them understand the market as it changes and develops.  Showcasing products such as the KL1050,  CL50, CL160 and CL5510 helps locksmiths to get to grips with the new technology and refresh their skills.

With today’s market the traditional key is being replaced with remote locking systems and biometric solutions that really do offer up a more personalised option for home and public building security, whilst catering for the needs of our elderly population.