When you are out…
- Don’t carry a purse if you can avoid it. If you must, hold it close to your body and don’t let it dangle
- Never carry a wallet in your back pocket. Put it in an inside jacket pocket or front pocket instead.
- Try not to wait alone at deserted bus stops. If you can, walk to the next stop where others may be waiting also.
- When using the bus or other public transportation, sit near the driver if possible.
- Don’t overburden yourself with packages and groceries that obstruct your view and make it difficult to react.
- Always have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.
- Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you’re in the house. Use deadbolt locks on exterior doors.
- If you live alone, don’t advertise it. Use only your first initial in phone books, directories and apartment lobbies.
- Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers in case of emergency.
- Work out a “buddy” system with a friend to check if residents need assistance.
- If you arrive home and suspect a stranger is inside, do not go inside. Leave quietly and call the police. You safety should always come first.
- If you receive checks in the mail regularly, arrange instead for them to be deposited directly in you bank account. the Social Security Administration and most pension funds offer this service.
- Avoid carrying large sums of money. If you must, have a friend accompany you.
- Don’t sign a check or contract until you are sure you know the details and it is for a legitimate reason. Don’t be afraid to delay a signing or to say “NO”!
- Don’t keep large sums of money in your home.
Don’t be conned…
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If you are a victim
- Don’t attempt to resist. You might get injured. Sit down, even on the sidewalk, so you won’t get knocked down. Scream and make noise.
- Never pursue a criminal. Call the police immediately.
- If you have been swindled or suspect fraud, contact your local police department. Otherwise, crooks will continue to con innocent citizens such as you.
- Make an effort to get an accurate description of a criminal-remember things such as age, race, complexion, body build, clothing, height and weight, hair, eyes or unusual features.
- Contact your local victim assistance agency to help you deal with the trauma that all crime victims experience. Many agencies have specialized programs for senior citizens.