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  Police Department

 

SAFER SENIORS

 

Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility, not just a job for the police. Crime can be reduced by simple measures like remembering to lock a door, knowing about common con games, and watching out for your neighborhood.  You can reduce opportunities for criminals to strike by being careful, alert, and a good neighbor.

 

When you are out :

 
  • Carry your purse close to your body.
  • Never carry your wallet in your back pocket.  Put it in an inside jacket pocket or front pocket.
  • Tell someone when you are going out and when to expect you back.
  • Whenever possible travel with friends or use an escort service.
  • If using public transportation, sit by the driver.
  • Don't carry a lot of packages that could make it hard for you to react.
  • Have the key in your hand as you approach your vehicle or home.
  • Carry mace or a shriek alarm.
  • If a friend takes you home, have them wait until you are safely inside.
  • Work out a "buddy" system with a friend to check on each other daily.

When you are on a walk :

 
  • Be alert to people and surroundings.
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • Wear clothes that give you freedom of movement.
  • If you suspect someone is following you, go into a store or knock at a house door.

If you are attacked or assaulted :

 

 

If the attacker is only after your purse or wallet, do not resist.  Your life and safety are worth more than your possessions.

 

Protect you money :

 
  • If you receive checks in the mail, arrange for them to be sent directly to the bank instead.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money with you.

Do not be conned :

 
  • Always investigate before investing money or signing a contract.  Be skeptical about any proposal that sounds too good to be true or has to be kept a secret.
  • Do not rush into anything.  Check it out with family, friends, lawyers, police, or the Better Business Bureau.
  • If you are a victim of fraud, Call the Police...Call 9-1-1.

 



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