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Security for Senior Citizens: How to Make the Golden Years Safer Years.

Security for Senior Citizens: How to Make the Golden Years Safer Years

Author: David Y. Coverston

Publisher: Security Seminars Press, 3400 SE 35th Street, PO Box 70162, Ocala, FL; 1988, 194 pages, hardback: $15

Reviewer: Jerry L. Wright, CPP; Director of Crime Prevention for the Ann Arbor, MI, police department; Vice Chairman of the ASIS Standing Committee on Crime/Loss Prevention As citizens, we often do not anticipate foreseeable dangers that await us in our day-to-day endeavors. Something has to happen before we do anything to protect ourselves and our property from crime.

With today's high crime rate and shortage of law enforcement personnel, senior citizens are aware that personal safety is as much their responsibility as it is law enforcement's. Security for Senior Citizens: How to Make the Golden Years Safer Years was designed with the need for such awareness in mind. This handy reference's target audience is not security professionals, but senior citizens.

The book is well organized and covers a range of topics, such as security for homes, automobiles, and workplaces. It provides clear, detailed crime prevention tips.

Coverston, himself a senior citizen, discusses common challenges senior citizens encounter daily, such as equipping for fire prevention and first aid and guarding against con games. He recommends that senior citizens take a preventive approach to safety and presents basic crime prevention techniques that can counteract weak habits.

Each chapter is written independently from the others, allowing readers to begin at any point in the book and fully comprehend the material on each topic. Coverston is a systematic writer. For example, in the chapter on home security, he outlines how to do a home security survey using a step-by-step approach, enabling any reader to do one.

At the end of each chapter is a list of questions that challenges readers to apply the principles and crime prevention methods discussed. The materials and methodologies presented are well researched and empower readers with the knowledge to combat criminals and their activities.

One weakness in the book is that Coverston often writes, "statistics show..." but fails to substantiate such statements with statistics or sources. Such information would make his points more credible.

Time spent reading Security for Senior Citizens is time well invested. Although the book's target audience is senior citizens, people of all ages can benefit from reading it. Security is a state of mind, and people's perception of security enables them to function. The information Coverston provides permits users to function with confidence.
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Author:Wright, Jerry L.
Publication:Security Management
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Date:Nov 1, 1990
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