Precautions for Safer Seniors
By National Crime Prevention Council
Monday, March 17, 2008; 7:00 pm
|Precautions for Safer Seniors|
As many people grow older, their chances of being victims of crime decrease dramatiacally. But a lifetime of experience, coupled with the physical problems associated with aging, often make older Americans fearful. Though they're on the look-out constantly for physical attack and burglary, they're not as alert to frauds and con games—in reality, the greatest crime threat to seniors' well-being and trust.
Want to conquer fear and prevent crime? Take these common-sense precautions.
Be Alert When Out and About
- Go with friends or family, not alone.
- Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
- Don't carry credit cards you don't need or large amounts of cash.
- Use direct deposit for Social Security and other regular checks.
- Whether you're a passenger or driver, keep car doors locked. Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages. Park near an entrance.
- Sit close to the driver or near the exit while riding the bus, train or subway.
- If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your instincts and leave.