Protecting Your Home: Tips for Visually Impaired Home OwnersBy Ohime, Jackie; Dialogue: A World of Ideas for Visually Impaired People of All Ages, Vol. XLVI, No. 6, pp. 46-51
Publication Date: November-December 2007
Article offers advice to the visually impaired on safeguarding their home from burglary. Advice includes keeping family heirlooms out of sight and keeping an inventory of valuables in Braille, large-print or audio format; leaving lights on when it gets dark to present an occupied look, using a timed device if necessary; and having a security system installed, preferably by a company that specializes in them. As not all security systems are accessible to a visually impaired person, ascertaining that the system includes Braille or audio features is recommended. An example of such a system given is the Simon, which talks and has a Braille keypad. Dogs are also mentioned as a deterrent to burglars, but it is emphasized that one should choose a dog that barks. Other advice offered includes trimming tall bushes and shrubs outside windows, drawing curtains and blinds after dark, not letting mail pile up when one is away from home, and making sure that doors and windows have good locks. A resource list of security products is appended.
Published by: Blindskills, Inc. (Website:http://www.blindskills.com)