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Senior Citizens Safety Tips

As a senior citizen, chances of a becoming a victim of crime increases dramatically. You may have a lifetime of experiences, but being aware of your surroundings, staying alert of situations that may make you vulnerable,
following your intuition, and watching out for con-games can make all the difference in staying safe.
Because many criminals target those victims who are considered vulnerable, it is especially imperative that senior citizens be the "BOSS" (Be Observant, Smart, Safe) whether at home or during their travels.
  • Be alert of your surroundings whether you are in an office building, walking down a street, in a shopping mall, waiting for a bus or driving a vehicle.
  • Carry your purse close to your body...not dangling by the strap. Never leave your purse in a shopping cart. Never leave your purse unattended.
  • Place your wallet in the inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Wrap a rubber band around your wallet to make it harder to be removed from your pocket.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash in your wallet, purse or in your pockets.
  • Try to sit close to the bus driver or the “exit” while riding public transportation.
  • Always look around before entering or exiting a vehicle. Once inside the car, lock doors and keep them locked while driving. Be particularly alert in parking lots and underground parking structures.
  • Sign up for direct deposit instead of having your social security or other pension checks mailed to your home. And, at many banks, free checking accounts are available to senior citizens. Your bank has all the information.
  • Be certain that all door locks are functioning properly and install deadbolts on all doors. Make sure windows are locked and cannot be forced open. Secure all basement and attic windows.
  • Ask for identification from service or delivery people before letting them in. If you are the least bit concerned, call the company to verify.
  • Don’t be misled in believing con artists who present investment schemes, funeral scams, and/or home improvement scams.
  • Always be suspicious of phone solicitors who ask for your personal information such as credit card number, social security number or checking account numbers. Ask them to mail you the information. If they do not have your address, then do not give it to them.